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Meaning & Definition of Seize in English

English

Seize

/siz/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • seize
  • ,
  • prehend
  • ,
  • clutch

2. Take or capture by force

  • "The terrorists seized the politicians"
  • "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
    synonym:
  • seize

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • appropriate
  • ,
  • capture
  • ,
  • seize
  • ,
  • conquer

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • impound
  • ,
  • attach
  • ,
  • sequester
  • ,
  • confiscate
  • ,
  • seize

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • assume
  • ,
  • usurp
  • ,
  • seize
  • ,
  • take over
  • ,
  • arrogate

6. Hook by a pull on the line

  • "Strike a fish"
    synonym:
  • seize

7. Affect

  • "Fear seized the prisoners"
  • "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"
  • "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
    synonym:
  • seize
  • ,
  • clutch
  • ,
  • get hold of

8. Capture the attention or imagination of

  • "This story will grab you"
  • "The movie seized my imagination"
    synonym:
  • grab
  • ,
  • seize

Examples of using

"Now, where's my freaking money?" "I don't have money; I spent all my money on dinner." "You will find money." "Or else what?" "I will seize your house!" "Shit!"
"Professor, what's happened?" - "Guys, my orange was trying to seize the world with his black... moustache!" - "You're crazy, right?" - "Right."