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English definition of “arrest”

arrest

verb [T] (CATCH)   /əˈrest/
(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.
(Definition of arrest verb (CATCH) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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