arrest-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: catch and take into custody

He was arrested when customs officers found drugs in his bag.
The police arrested her for drinking and driving.
Airport officials were arrested after a major heist.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Arrest
PropBank: arrest.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: stop or interrupt something

The treatment has so far done little to arrest the spread of the cancer.
The look in his eyes arrested him on the spot.
The mechanism will arrest the motion of the flywheel.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Cause_to_end
PropBank: arrest.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4

Sense Number 3: take a hold and capture suddenly

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[theme] ARREST NP2[patient[abstract]]

An astonishing sight arrested our attention.
The musician had arrested his interest at first glance.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3