Definitions of seize

  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"
  2. 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"
  3. affect; " Fear seized the prisoners"; " The patient was seized with unberable pains"; " He was seized with a dreadful disease"
  4. 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"
  5. capture the attention or imagination of; " This story will grab you"; " The movie seized my imagination"
  6. take or capture by force; " The terrorists seized the politicians"; " The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
  7. hook by a pull on the line; " strike a fish"
  8. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
  9. To take possession of by force.
  10. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
  11. To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
  12. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
  13. To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
  14. To take possession of forcibly or suddenly; grasp; snatch; take hold of.
  15. To take possession of forcibly: to take hold of: to grasp: to apprehend.
  16. SEIZER.
  17. To take possession of; grasp; clutch; apprehend.
  18. To grasp suddenly or forcibly; take by force; affect suddenly and power fully.
  19. To bind by turns of cord; lash.
  20. 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.

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
  3. In the second place, Herrero would probably attempt to seize her here. – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss
  4. I at once seize the opportunity that is offered to me. – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  5. I've a tarnation good mind to seize ye up an' give ye four dozen right away. – The Island Treasure by John Conroy Hutcheson
  6. It is a common belief that he lies in wait upon trees and rocks to seize the deer passing beneath. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  7. Arthur was about to seize it, when Jack said, " You had better take this thing, Arthur; the natives might make a row if you drank from their bucket." – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  8. When will be the best time to seize Fu- Manchu and to restore your brother? – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  9. But when we want to seize the place, shall we be allowed to enter quietly? – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  10. The sky was so pure that the eye could seize the slightest details on the horizon. – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac
  11. And before she had brought that shame on the house of Dare, said Hamish, excitedly, do you not think that I would seize her- that I would seize her with my own hands? – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  12. Thou art mine- all- only mine: and thus- thus I seize and claim thee! – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  13. A plot to seize the Planetara? – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  14. Then Lantier, who had been watching Gervaise's face, seemed to seize an opportunity that he had been waiting for ever since the morning. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  15. As Leo, who went in front of me, walked from the stairway I saw Oros and another priest seize him by the arms, and called to him to ask what they were doing. – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  16. Before the others could seize their arms, we had got hold of them. – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. Yesterday and the day before they did not seize on them any more. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  18. Madge felt Mr. Preston seize her and drag her away with him, but not before she and all the watchers had caught sight of David. – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers