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Seize \Seize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seized; p. pr. & vb. n. Seizing.] [OE. seisen, saisen, OF. seisir, saisir, F. saisir, of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. set. The meaning is properly, to set, put, place, hence, to put in possession of. See Set, v. t.]
To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
For by no means the high bank he could seize.
Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands The royalties and rights of banished Hereford?
To take possession of by force.
At last they seize The scepter, and regard not David's sons.
To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul.
(law) To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
To fasten; to fix. [Obs.]
As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws Upon the carcass of some beast too weak.
To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
(Naut.) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
Note: This word, by writers on law, is commonly written seise, in the phrase to be seised of (an estate), as also, in composition, disseise, disseisin.
To be seized of, to have possession, or right of possession; as, A B was seized and possessed of the manor of Dale. ``Whom age might see seized of what youth made prize.''
To seize on or To seize upon, to fall on and grasp; to take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly.
Syn: To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest; take; capture.
v. take hold of; grab; "The salesclerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals" [syn: prehend, clutch]
take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
take possession of by force, as after an invasion; "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle" [syn: appropriate, capture, conquer]
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork" [syn: impound, attach, sequester, confiscate]
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died" [syn: assume, usurp, take over, arrogate]
hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish"
capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination" [syn: grab]
vb. 1 (context transitive English) To deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture. 2 (context transitive English) To take advantage of (an opportunity or circumstance). 3 (context transitive English) To take possession of (by force, law etc.). 4 (context transitive English) To have a sudden and powerful effect upon. 5 (context transitive nautical English) To bind, lash or make fast, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line. 6 (context transitive obsolete English) To fasten, fix. 7 (context intransitive English) To lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ (m en on) or (m en upon)). 8 (context intransitive English) To have a seizure. 9 (context intransitive English) To bind or lock in position immovably; see also '''seize up'''. 10 (context UK intransitive English) To submit for consideration to a deliberative body.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-13c., from Old French seisir "to take possession of, take by force; put in possession of, bestow upon" (Modern French saisir), from Late Latin sacire, which is generally held to be from a Germanic source, but the exact origin is uncertain. Perhaps from Frankish *sakjan "lay claim to" (compare Gothic sokjan, Old English secan "to seek;" see seek). Or perhaps from Proto-Germanic *satjan "to place" (see set (v.)).\n
\nOriginally a legal term in reference to feudal property holdings or offices. Meaning "to grip with the hands or teeth" is from c.1300; that of "to take possession by force or capture" (of a city, etc.) is from mid-14c. Figurative use, with reference to death, disease, fear, etc. is from late 14c. Meaning "to grasp with the mind" is attested from 1855. Of engines or other mechanisms, attested from 1878. Related: Seized; seizing.
Seize are a British electronic band.
Seize may refer to:
- Seisin, legal possession
- Seizing, a class of knots used to semi-permanently bind together two ropes
- Seize (band), a British electronic band
- The jamming of machine parts against each other, usually due to insufficient lubrication
Usage examples of "seize".
Achmed rode to the entranceway and seized the banner, affixing it to hi own riding staff.
At this time also I felt some weakness to seize upon my outward man, which made still the other affliction the more heavy and uncomfortable to me.
Halder addressed at once to Camilla, such unceremonious praise of her beauty, that, affrighted and offended, she hastily seized the arm of Mrs.
This was no less than to lay an ambuscade for the Inca and seize him in the face of his army, holding him as a hostage for the safety of the Christians.
He seized a fragment of nopal-stuff in his hand, in the hand of his analogue, whirled it up, beat at the sucker, at the fibril.
Perforce Crockett seized the pick and began to chop anthracite out of the wall.
Their light and perfidious ambition was eager to seize or anticipate the moment of a vacancy, while a law of succession, the guardian both of the prince and people, was gradually defined and confirmed in the hereditary monarchies of Europe.
They all stared after it silently, seized by a sense of anticlimax, until Sean broke the spell.
The principle, applicable to both federal and State courts, that the Court first assuming jurisdiction over property may maintain and exercise that jurisdiction to the exclusion of the other, was held not to be confined to cases where the property has actually been seized under judicial process, but applies as well to suits brought for marshalling assets, administering trusts, or liquidating estates and to suits of a similar nature, where to give effect to its jurisdiction the Court must control the property.
The only instance in which Julian seemed to depart from his accustomed clemency, was the execution of a rash youth, who, with a feeble hand, had aspired to seize the reins of empire.
Accordingly he seized the pen with great confidence, and a whole magazine of antihysteric medicines were, in different forms, externally and internally applied.
Caesar the two Gauls, now swung away until it hovered approvingly before Cato and Bibulus, who were quick to seize the advantage.
Imagination seized on distortions and ran rampant, until quivering flesh balked at mapping the scope of an ordeal driven amok.
The wall had sprouted an enormous pair of arms, and Barnacle found himself seized in a grip there was no escaping.
Lockhart mansion would be empty and he could seize that wretched beastie in a matter of days!