Definition of Seize in English :

Define Seize in English

Seize meaning in English

Meaning of Seize in English

Pronunciation of Seize in English

Seize pronunciation in English

Pronounce Seize in English


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1. clutch, prehend, seize

take hold of; grab

Example Sentences:
'The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter'
'She clutched her purse'
'The mother seized her child by the arm'
'Birds of prey often seize small mammals'

2. seize

take or capture by force

Example Sentences:
'The terrorists seized the politicians'
'The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages'

3. appropriate, capture, conquer, seize

take possession of by force, as after an invasion

Example Sentences:
'the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants'
'The army seized the town'
'The militia captured the castle'

4. attach, confiscate, impound, seize, sequester

take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

Example Sentences:
'The FBI seized the drugs'
'The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment'
'The police confiscated the stolen artwork'

5. arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp

seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

Example Sentences:
'He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town'
'he usurped my rights'
'She seized control of the throne after her husband died'

6. seize

hook by a pull on the line

Example Sentences:
'strike a fish'

7. clutch, get hold of, seize


Example Sentences:
'Fear seized the prisoners'
'The patient was seized with unbearable pains'
'He was seized with a dreadful disease'

8. grab, seize

capture the attention or imagination of

Example Sentences:
'This story will grab you'
'The movie seized my imagination'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (mainly tr)
1. (also intr; foll by on )
to take hold of quickly; grab
she seized her hat and ran for the bus
2. (sometimes foll by on or upon)
to grasp mentally, esp rapidly
she immediately seized his idea
to take mental possession of
alarm seized the crowd
to take possession of rapidly and forcibly
the thief seized the woman's purse
to take legal possession of; take into custody
to take by force or capture
the army seized the undefended town
to take immediate advantage of
to seize an opportunity
8. nautical
to bind (two ropes together or a piece of gear to a rope)
See also serve (sense 19)
9. (intransitive; often foll by up)
(of mechanical parts) to become jammed, esp because of excessive heat
10. (passive; usually foll by of)
to be apprised of; conversant with
11.  the US spelling of seise

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verb transitiveWord forms: seized or ˈseizing
a.  Obsolete
to put in legal possession of a feudal holding
to put in legal possession of a particular thing; assign ownership to
in the passive voice
seized of the lands
to take forcible legal possession of; confiscate
to seize contraband
to capture and put into custody; arrest; apprehend
to seize a criminal suspect
to take forcibly and quickly; grab
to seize power
to take hold of suddenly or forcibly, with or as with the hand; clutch
to suddenly penetrate, illumine, or fill the mind of
an idea seized him
to grasp with the mind, esp. in a sudden or intuitive way
seized their intent
to take quick advantage of (an opportunity, etc.)
to attack or afflict suddenly or severely
seized with a fit of sneezing
8.  Nautical
to fasten together (ropes, etc.), as by lashings; bind; lash
verb intransitive
to stick or jam, esp. because of excessive heat or friction
said of a machine or its moving parts: often with up

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of seize
v. seized, seiz·ing, seiz·es
1. To grasp suddenly and forcibly; take or grab: seize a sword.
a. To take by force; capture or conquer: The kidnappers seized the prince. The invaders seized the city.
b. To take quick and forcible possession of; confiscate: The police seized a cache of illegal drugs.
a. To focus the attention or intellect on: seize an idea and develop it to the fullest extent.
b. To make use of (an opportunity, for example).
a. To have a sudden overwhelming effect on: a heinous crime that seized the minds and emotions of the populace.
b. To overwhelm physically: a person who was seized with a terminal disease.
5. also seise (sēz) Law To cause (someone) to be in possession of something.
6. Nautical To bind (a rope) to another, or to a spar, with turns of small line.
1. To lay sudden or forcible hold of something.
a. To cohere or fuse with another part as a result of high pressure or temperature and restrict or prevent further motion or flow.
b. To come to a halt: The talks seized up and were rescheduled.
3. To exhibit signs of seizure activity, often with convulsions.

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