- to take hold of suddenly and forcibly
- to take possession of
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Seize
- seize on
Origin of Seize
Earlier seise, from Middle English seisen, sesen, saisen, from Old French seisir (“to take possession of; invest (person, court)"), from Medieval Latin sacÄ«re (“to lay claim to, appropriate") (8th century) in the phrase ad propriam sacire, from Old Low Frankish *sakjan (“to sue, bring legal action"), from Proto-Germanic *sakjanÄ…, *sakōnÄ… (compare Old English sacian (“to strive, brawl")), from Proto-Germanic *sakanÄ… (compare Old Saxon sakan (“to accuse"), Old High German sahhan (“to bicker, quarrel, rebuke"), Old English sacan 'to quarrel, claim by law, accuse'). See sake.
Middle English seisen from Old French seisir to take possession of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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