transitive verbseised, seis′ing
(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 (“to put in possession of", "to take possession of"), from Late Latin sacÄ«re, from Frankish *sakjan (“to sue, bring a legal charge against"), from Proto-Germanic *sakÅnÄ… (“to charge, seek legal action against"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄg(')- (“to track"). Cognate with Old High German sahhan (“to argue, scold"), Old English sacian (“to strive, contend"). More at sake.