(third-person singular simple present seises, present participle seising, simple past and past participle seised)
- (law) To vest ownership of a freehold estate in (someone).
- (with of, law) To put in possession.
- (dated) To seize.
- Usually used in passive.
Middle English, from Old French seisir (â€œto put in possession of", "to take possession ofâ€), from Late Latin sacÄ«re, from Frankish *sakjan (â€œto sue, bring a legal charge againstâ€), from Proto-Germanic *sakÅnÄ… (â€œto charge, seek legal action againstâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄg(')- (â€œto trackâ€). Cognate with Old High German sahhan (â€œto argue, scoldâ€), Old English sacian (â€œto strive, contendâ€). More at sake.