Seize Definition

seized, seizes, seizing
seized, seizes, seizing
To put in legal possession of a feudal holding.
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To stick or jam, esp. because of excessive heat or friction.
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To put in legal possession of a particular thing; assign ownership to.
Seized of the lands.
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To capture and put into custody; arrest; apprehend.
To seize a criminal suspect.
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To take forcibly and quickly; grab.
To seize power.
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seize on
  • to take hold of suddenly and forcibly
  • to take possession of
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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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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