/ ərest /
check · stay · check · halt · hitch · stay · stop · stoppage
ETYM Old Eng. arest, arrest, Old Fren. arest, French arręt, from arester. Related to Arrest.
Deprivation of personal liberty by legal authority to stop commission of a crime or to charge someone with violation of a criminal or civil law.
Federal laws, state laws, and local ordinances define circumstances under which individuals may be detained by law officers acting independently, court-issued warrants, or other individuals (citizen's arrest).
1. The act of stopping (usually stopping motion); SYN. check, stay.
2. The state of inactivity following an interruption; SYN. check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage.