What does seize mean?
Definitions for seize
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word seize.
seize, prehend, clutchverb
take hold of; grab
"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"
take or capture by force
"The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
appropriate, capture, seize, conquerverb
take possession of by force, as after an invasion
"the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"
impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seizeverb
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
"The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogateverb
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
"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"
hook by a pull on the line
"strike a fish"
seize, clutch, get hold ofverb
"Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
capture the attention or imagination of
"This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"
to deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture
to take advantage of (an opportunity or circumstance)
to take possession of (by force, law etc.)
to have a sudden and powerful effect upon
to bind, lash or make fast, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line
to fasten, fix
to lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ on or upon)
to have a seizure
to bind or lock in position immovably; see also seize up
Rust caused the engine to seize, never to run again.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: saisir, French.
In her sad breast the prince’s fortunes rowl,
And hope and doubt alternate seize her soul. Alexander Pope.
An escheator of London had arrested a clothier that was outlawed, and seized his goods. William Camden.
It was judged by the highest kind of judgment, that he should be banished, and his whole estate confiscated and seized, and his houses pulled down. Francis Bacon.
So th’ one for wrong, the other strives for right:
As when a griffin, seized of his prey,
A dragon fierce encount’reth in his flight,
Through wildest air making his idle way. Fa. Queen.
So Pluto, seiz’d of Proserpine, convey’d
To hell’s tremenduous gloom th’ affrighted maid,
There grimly smil’d, pleas’d with the beauteous prize,
Nor envy’d Jove his sunshine and his skies. Joseph Addison, Cato.
To fix the grasp or the power on any thing.
Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon:
Be’t lawful I take up what’s cast away? William Shakespeare, K. Lear.
Where there is a design of supplanting, that necessarily requires another of accusing: even Jezebel projects not to seize on Naboth’s vineyard without a precedent charge. Dec. of Piety.
to fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp
to take possession of by force
to invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient
to take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods
to fasten; to fix
to grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea
to bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes
Seize are a British electronic band.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sēz,—v.t. to take possession of forcibly: to take hold of: to grasp: to apprehend by legal authority: to come upon suddenly: to lash or make fast.—v.i. to lay hold of with the claws: in metallurgy, to cohere.—adj. Seiz′able.—ns. Seiz′er; Seiz′ing, the act of taking hold: (naut.) the operation of lashing with several turns of a cord. [O. Fr. saisir (Prov. sazir, to take possession of)—Old High Ger. sazzan, to set, Ger. setzen, Eng. set.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
To employ combat forces to occupy physically and to control a designated area.
Seize vs. Cease -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Seize and Cease.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'seize' in Verbs Frequency: #617
The numerical value of seize in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of seize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of seize in a Sentence
Many media groups here are also saying it'll get harder for reporters to get people to talk to them because the police can now potentially seize reporters files and devices through a court warrant.
Seize the day !
Army Brigadier General Ernie Audino:
Each square kilometer they seize from ISIS is another square kilometer they have to secure and administer, and they are not receiving any additional resources from the U.S. or Baghdad to do this.
From the outset, Democrats made clear their intentions of leveraging an activist judiciary to seize political gain despite the Republican-led legislature’s open, transparent, constitutional process, the NCGOP looks forward to another open, constitutional process for the legislature to redraw these maps and sincerely hope the constitutional order is not upended yet again by Democrats writing policy from the bench.
Senator Tom Carper of Delaware:
Repeatedly, I have urged this administration to strike a deal with the State of California and seize the win-win opportunity to keep the American auto industry globally competitive and create more good paying jobs here at home while protecting our environment.
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Translations for seize
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- استولى على, حجزArabic
- apoderar-seCatalan, Valencian
- fassen, ergreifenGerman
- aprovechar, tomar, aferrar, apoderarse de, agarrar, apresarSpanish
- tarttua, tilaisuusFinnish
- saisir, seizeFrench
- megfog, megragadHungarian
- 捉える, つかむJapanese
- capere, possideo, carpoLatin
- aangrijpen, grijpen, pakken, vangenDutch
- capturar, aproveitar, tomar conta de, convulsar, convulsionar-se, convelir, convulsionar, agarrar, apoderar-se de, valer-se de, apreenderPortuguese
- схватить, схватывать, захватить, захватыватьRussian
- tillskansa, gripa, fångaSwedish
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