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Definitions of seize

  1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To take possession of by force. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To take possession of forcibly or suddenly; grasp; snatch; take hold of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To take possession of forcibly: to take hold of: to grasp: to apprehend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To take possession of; grasp; clutch; apprehend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To grasp suddenly or forcibly; take by force; affect suddenly and power fully. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To bind by turns of cord; lash. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. To grasp suddenly; to take possession of by force, with or without right; to take hold of; to fasten; to apprehend. To be seized of to have possession. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. SEIZER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for seize

  1. Why didn't he seize me at once? – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  2. You see, the books are gone, and there's no use in trying to get hold of that end of the road; but we can seize it from this end and get everything except their building. – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
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