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  1. take possession of without permission or take with force, as after a conquest or invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unberable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. take hold of; grab; "The salesclerk 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To take possession of by force. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To fasten; to fix. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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.
  18. Seizable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. 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.
  20. SEIZER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To take possession of; grasp; clutch; apprehend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. 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.
  23. To bind by turns of cord; lash. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. 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.
  25. To take or lay hold on suddenly; to take possession of without right; to take forcible possession of by legal authority; to arrest or capture; to fasten on or upon. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. s[=e]z,--v.t. to take possession of forcibly: to take hold of: to grasp: to apprehend by legal authority: to come upon suddenly: to lash or make fast.--v.i. to lay hold of with the claws: in metallurgy, to cohere.--adj. SEIZ'ABLE.--ns. SEIZ'ER; SEIZ'ING, the act of taking hold: (naut.) the operation of lashing with several turns of a cord. [O. Fr. saisir (Prov. sazir, to take possession of)--Old High Ger. sazzan, to set, Ger. setzen, Eng. set.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. (Law; also seise) put in possession of (chiefly in p.p. seized or seised of, having in legal possession; often stand seized of); take possession of (contraband goods, documents, &c.) by warrant or legal right, confiscate, impound, attach, whence seizor n. (legal), seizable a.; lay hold of forcibly or suddenly, snatch, grasp with hand or mind, comprehend quickly or clearly, (s. fortress, sceptre, person by the neck &c., person\'s hand, opportunity or occasion, an idea, a distinction, the point, the essence of the matter; was seized by apoplexy, with remorse or panic); lay hold eagerly upon (s. upon a chance or pretext); (Naut.) lash, fasten with several turns of cord, (s. one up, lash him to rigging for flogging; s. ropes together), whence seizing (4) n. (usu. pl.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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