Arrest Ar*rest", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Arrested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arresting}.] [OE. aresten, OF. arester, F. arr[^e]ter, fr. LL. arrestare; L. ad + restare to remain, stop; re + stare to stand. See {Rest} remainder.] 1. To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses. [1913 Webster]

Nor could her virtues the relentless hand Of Death arrest. --Philips. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime. [1913 Webster]

Note: After this word Shakespeare uses of (``I arrest thee of high treason'') or on; the modern usage is for. [1913 Webster]

3. To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

4. To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

We may arrest our thoughts upon the divine mercies. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To obstruct; delay; detain; check; hinder; stop; apprehend; seize; lay hold of. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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