verb (used with object), seized, seizing.
to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp:
to seize a weapon.
to grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely:
to seize an idea.
to take possession of by force or at will:
to seize enemy ships.
to take possession or control of as if by suddenly laying hold:
Panic seized the crowd.
to take possession of by legal authority; confiscate:
to seize smuggled goods.
Also, seise. Law. to put (someone) in seizin or legal possession of property (usually used in passive constructions):
She was seized of vast estates.
to capture; take into custody.
to take advantage of promptly:
to seize an opportunity.
Nautical. to bind or fasten together with a seizing.
verb (used without object), seized, seizing.
to grab or take hold suddenly or forcibly (usually followed by on or upon):
to seize on a rope.
to resort to a method, plan, etc., in desperation (usually followed by on or upon):
He must seize on a solution, however risky.
to have moving parts bind and stop moving as a result of excessive pressure, temperature, or friction (usually followed by up):
The engine seized up from cold.
verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) foll by on. to take hold of quickly; grab: she seized her hat and ran for the bus
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
(nautical) to bind (two ropes together or a piece of gear to a rope) See also serve (sense 19)
(intransitive) often foll by up. (of mechanical parts) to become jammed, esp because of excessive heat
(passive) usually foll by of. to be apprised of; conversant with
the usual US spelling of seise
verb (used with object), seized, seizing. 1. to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon. 2. to grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely: to seize an idea. 3. to take possession of by force or at will: to seize enemy ships. 4. to take possession or control of as if by […]
noun, Law. 1. (originally) possession of either land or chattel. 2. the kind of possession or right to possession characteristic of estates of freehold.
noun 1. the act of a person or thing that seizes. 2. Nautical. a means of binding or fastening together two objects, as two ropes, or parts of the same rope, by a number of longitudinal and transverse turns of marline, wire, or other small stuff. verb (used with object), seized, seizing. 1. to take […]
noun 1. the act or an instance of seizing. 2. the state of being seized. 3. a taking possession of an item, property, or person legally or by force. 4. a sudden attack, as of epilepsy or some other disease. noun 1. the act or an instance of seizing or the state of being seized […]