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
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 […]
adjective, Heraldry. 1. (of an animal) represented in a sitting posture: a lion sejant. adjective 1. (usually postpositive) (heraldry) (of a beast) shown seated