Definition of Seize

1. Verb. Take hold of; grab. "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

Exact synonyms: Clutch, Prehend
Specialized synonyms: Nab, Rack, Claw, Apprehend, Arrest, Collar, Cop, Nab, Nail, Pick Up, Capture, Catch, Get, Collar, Clasp, Grip, Grab, Catch, Grab, Take Hold Of, Snap, Snatch, Snatch Up, Clench, Clinch, Grapple, Grip
Generic synonyms: Get Hold Of, Take
Derivative terms: Clutch, Prehension, Seizing

2. Verb. Take or capture by force. "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
Specialized synonyms: Raven, Wrest, Abduct, Kidnap, Nobble, Snatch, Commandeer, Highjack, Hijack, Pirate
Generic synonyms: Get Hold Of, Take
Derivative terms: Seizer, Seizure

3. Verb. Take possession of by force, as after an invasion. "The militia captured the castle"
Exact synonyms: Appropriate, Capture, Conquer
Generic synonyms: Arrogate, Assume, Take Over, Usurp
Specialized synonyms: Carry
Derivative terms: Appropriative, Appropriator, Capture, Conquering, Seizure

4. Verb. Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority. "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
Exact synonyms: Attach, Confiscate, Impound, Sequester
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Condemn, Garnish, Garnishee, Distrain
Related verbs: Sequester
Derivative terms: Attachment, Confiscation, Impounding, Impoundment, Seizure, Sequestration

5. Verb. Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession. "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
Exact synonyms: Arrogate, Assume, Take Over, Usurp
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Annex, Appropriate, Capture, Conquer, Preoccupy, Hijack, Raid
Derivative terms: Arrogation, Arrogator, Assumption, Takeover, Usurpation, Usurper

6. Verb. Hook by a pull on the line. "Strike a fish"
Generic synonyms: Hook

7. Verb. Affect. "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
Exact synonyms: Clutch, Get Hold Of
Generic synonyms: Overcome, Overpower, Overtake, Overwhelm, Sweep Over, Whelm
Derivative terms: Clutch

8. Verb. Capture the attention or imagination of. "The movie seized my imagination"
Exact synonyms: Grab
Generic synonyms: Fascinate, Intrigue

Definition of Seize

1. v. t. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.

Definition of Seize

1. Verb. (transitive) to deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to take advantage of (an opportunity or circumstance) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to take possession of (by force, law etc.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to have a sudden and powerful effect upon ¹

5. Verb. (transitive nautical) to bind, lash or make fast, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line ¹

6. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) to fasten, fix ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) to lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ (term on) or (term upon)) ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) to have a seizure ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) to bind or lock in position immovably; see also '''seize up''' ¹

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Definition of Seize

1. to take hold of suddenly and forcibly [v SEIZED, SEIZING, SEIZES] : SEIZABLE [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Seize

seize (current term)
seize on
seize out
seize the day
seize up
seize upon
seize with teeth
seized up
seized upon
seizes up
seizes upon

Literary usage of Seize

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1887)
"It had been suggested that they should seize for this pur- j pose one of the islands at the mouth of the Ganges ; but to this, for various reasons, ..."

2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, William George Clark, William Aldis Wright (1878)
"And even now, To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done : The castle of Macduff I will surprise; 150 seize upon Fife; give to the edge o' the ..."

3. Winthrop's Journal, "History of New England," 1630-1649 by John Winthrop, James Kendall Hosmer (1908)
"He pretended to seize the ship as forfeit to the West India Company, by trading in their limits without leave or recognition. It fell out at the same time, ..."

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