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arrest

verb [T]  /əˈrest/ us  

arrest verb [T] (CATCH)

(of the police) to use legal authority to catch and take someone to a place where the person may be accused of a crime: Kansas City police arrested a bank robber.

arrest verb [T] (STOP)

to stop or slow an activity: Antibiotics arrest the development of harmful bacteria.

arrest

noun [C/U]  /əˈrest/ us  

arrest noun [C/U] (CATCH)

the act of using legal authority to catch and take someone to a place where the person may be accused of a crime: [C] FBI agents made the arrest. [U] He was placed under arrest by federal marshals.
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