What does seize mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seize, prehend, clutch(verb)

    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"

  2. seize(verb)

    take or capture by force

    "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"

  3. appropriate, capture, seize, conquer(verb)

    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"

  4. impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seize(verb)

    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"

  5. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate(verb)

    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"

  6. seize(verb)

    hook by a pull on the line

    "strike a fish"

  7. seize, clutch, get hold of(verb)

    affect

    "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"

  8. grab, seize(verb)

    capture the attention or imagination of

    "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"

Wiktionary

  1. seize(Verb)

    to deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture

  2. seize(Verb)

    to take advantage of (an opportunity or circumstance)

  3. seize(Verb)

    to take possession of (by force, law etc.)

  4. seize(Verb)

    to have a sudden and powerful effect upon

  5. seize(Verb)

    to bind, lash or make fast, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line

  6. seize(Verb)

    to fasten, fix

  7. seize(Verb)

    to lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ on or upon)

  8. seize(Verb)

    to have a seizure

  9. seize(Verb)

    to bind or lock in position immovably; see also seize up

    Rust caused the engine to seize, never to run again.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seize(verb)

    to fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp

  2. Seize(verb)

    to take possession of by force

  3. Seize(verb)

    to invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient

  4. Seize(verb)

    to take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods

  5. Seize(verb)

    to fasten; to fix

  6. Seize(verb)

    to grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea

  7. Seize(verb)

    to bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes

Freebase

  1. Seize

    Seize are a British electronic band.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seize

    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

  1. seize

    To employ combat forces to occupy physically and to control a designated area.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'seize' in Verbs Frequency: #617

How to pronounce seize?

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How to say seize in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seize in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of seize in a Sentence

  1. Troy Miller:

    Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights laws is a CBP priority trade mission, we will continue to work closely with our trade and law enforcement partners to identify and seize counterfeit merchandise that could potentially harm Troy Miller consumers and businesses.

  2. 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.

  3. Lord Chesterfield:

    Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

  4. Luigi Pirandello:

    Woman -- for example, look at her case! She turns tantalizing inviting glances on you. You seize her. No sooner does she feel herself in your grasp than she closes her eyes. It is a sign of her mission, the sign by which she says to man: Blind yourself, for I am blind.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    Donald Trump has said he thinks eminent domain is fantastic, and he supports using government power to seize private people's homes, to give them to giant corporations to say hypothetically build a casino, now he's entitled to have that view.

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