- To seize is to take something eagerly, aggressively or by force.
- An example of seize is when you jump at a chance to go to the beach on a sunny day.
- An example of seize is when the police raid the home of a drug dealer and take his drugs.
seize definition by Webster's New World
- Historical to put in legal possession of a feudal holding
- to put in legal possession of a particular thing; assign ownership to: in the passive voice: seized of the lands
- to take forcible legal possession of; confiscate: to seize contraband
- to capture and put into custody; arrest; apprehend: to seize a criminal suspect
- to take forcibly and quickly; grab: to seize power
- to take hold of suddenly or forcibly, with or as with the hand; clutch
- to suddenly penetrate, illumine, or fill the mind of: an idea seized him
- to grasp with the mind, esp. in a sudden or intuitive way: seized their intent
- to take quick advantage of (an opportunity, etc.)
- to attack or afflict suddenly or severely: seized with a fit of sneezing
- Naut. to fasten together (ropes, etc.), as by lashings; bind; lash
Origin: Middle English saisen ; from Old French saisir ; from Midieval Latin sacire, probably ; from Frankish an unverified form sakjan, to lay claim to one's rights ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sāg- from source sake
seize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb seized seized, seiz·ing, seiz·es verb, transitive
- To grasp suddenly and forcibly; take or grab: seize a sword.
- a. To grasp with the mind; apprehend: seize an idea and develop it to the fullest extent.b. To possess oneself of (something): seize an opportunity.
- a. To have a sudden overwhelming effect on: a heinous crime that seized the minds and emotions of the populace.b. To overwhelm physically: a person who was seized with a terminal disease.
- To take into custody; capture.
- To take quick and forcible possession of; confiscate: seize a cache of illegal drugs.
- also seise a. To put (one) into possession of something.b. To vest ownership of a feudal property in.
- Nautical To bind (a rope) to another, or to a spar, with turns of small line.
- To lay sudden or forcible hold of.
- a. To cohere or fuse with another part as a result of high pressure or temperature and restrict or prevent further motion or flow.b. To come to a halt: The talks seized up and were rescheduled.
- To exhibit symptoms of seizure activity, usually with convulsions.
Origin: Middle English seisen, from Old French seisir, to take possession, of Germanic origin.
- seizˈa·ble adjective
- seizˈer noun
seize - Medical Definition
seize - Phrases/Idioms
seize onor seize upon
- to take hold of suddenly and forcibly
- to take possession of
- to turn eagerly to (an idea, etc.)