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.
Seized with a fit of sneezing.
Seize a sword.
To seize power.
To seize smuggled goods.
To seize a ship after libeling.
A panic seized the crowd.
A fever seized him.
To seize on the neck of a horse.
The text which had seized upon his heart with such comfort and strength abode upon him for more than a year. (Southey, Bunyan, p. 21)
- To take hold of suddenly and forcibly.
- To take possession of.
- To turn eagerly to (an idea, etc.).
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of seize
- Middle English seisen from Old French seisir to take possession of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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…, *sakÅnÄ… (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.