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arrest

verb [T] uk   /əˈrest/ us  

arrest verb [T] (CATCH)

B1 If the police arrest someone, they take them away to ask them about a crime that they might have committed: He was arrested when customs officers found drugs in his bag. The police arrested her for drinking and driving.

arrest verb [T] (STOP)

formal to stop or interrupt the development of something: The treatment has so far done little to arrest the spread of the cancer.

arrest verb [T] (MAKE NOTICE)

formal to attract or catch someone's attention: A photo of a small boy arrested my attention.

arrest

noun [C or U] uk   /əˈrest/ us  
B2 the act of arresting someone: Two arrests were made, but the men were later released without charge. She was stopped outside the shop and placed/put under arrest.
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