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seize

 (sēz)
v. seized, seiz·ing, seiz·es
v.tr.
1. To grasp suddenly and forcibly; take or grab: seize a sword.
2.
a. To take by force; capture or conquer: The kidnappers seized the prince. The invaders seized the city.
b. To take quick and forcible possession of; confiscate: The police seized a cache of illegal drugs.
3.
a. To focus the attention or intellect on: seize an idea and develop it to the fullest extent.
b. To make use of (an opportunity, for example).
4.
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.
5. also seise (sēz) Law To cause (someone) to be in possession of something.
6. Nautical To bind (a rope) to another, or to a spar, with turns of small line.
v.intr.
1. To lay sudden or forcible hold of something.
2.
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.
3. To exhibit signs of seizure activity, often with convulsions.
Phrasal Verb:
seize on
To focus one's attention or intellect on: seized on the notion of gender as a cultural construct.

[Middle English seisen, from Old French seisir, to take possession, of Germanic origin.]

seiz′a·ble adj.
seiz′er n.

seize

(siːz)
vb (mainly tr)
1. (foll by: on ) to take hold of quickly; grab: she seized her hat and ran for the bus.
2. (sometimes foll by: on or upon) to grasp mentally, esp rapidly: she immediately seized his idea.
3. to take mental possession of: alarm seized the crowd.
4. to take possession of rapidly and forcibly: the thief seized the woman's purse.
5. (Law) to take legal possession of; take into custody
6. to take by force or capture: the army seized the undefended town.
7. to take immediate advantage of: to seize an opportunity.
8. (Nautical Terms) nautical to bind (two ropes together or a piece of gear to a rope). See also serve19
9. (Automotive Engineering) (often foll by: up) (of mechanical parts) to become jammed, esp because of excessive heat
10. (usually foll by: of) to be apprised of; conversant with
11. (Law) the US spelling of seise
[C13 saisen, from Old French saisir, from Medieval Latin sacīre to position, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic satjan to set1]
ˈseizable adj

seize

(siz)

v. seized, seiz•ing. v.t.
1. to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
2. to grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely: to seize an idea.
3. to take possession or control of as if by suddenly laying hold: Panic seized the crowd.
4. to take possession of by legal authority; confiscate.
5. to capture; take into custody.
6. to take advantage of promptly: to seize an opportunity.
7. to bind or fasten (rope) together with a seizing.
8. to put in seisin: to be seized of vast estates.
v.i.
9. to grab or take hold suddenly or forcibly: to seize on a rope.
10. to resort to a method, plan, etc., in desperation.
11. to have moving parts bind and stop moving as a result of excessive pressure, temperature, or friction.
[1250–1300; Middle English saisen, seisen < Old French saisir < Medieval Latin sacīre to place < Frankish]
seiz′a•ble, adj.
seiz′er, n.

seize

To employ combat forces to occupy physically and to control a designated area. See also combat forces.

seize


Past participle: seized
Gerund: seizing

Imperative
seize
seize
Present
I seize
you seize
he/she/it seizes
we seize
you seize
they seize
Preterite
I seized
you seized
he/she/it seized
we seized
you seized
they seized
Present Continuous
I am seizing
you are seizing
he/she/it is seizing
we are seizing
you are seizing
they are seizing
Present Perfect
I have seized
you have seized
he/she/it has seized
we have seized
you have seized
they have seized
Past Continuous
I was seizing
you were seizing
he/she/it was seizing
we were seizing
you were seizing
they were seizing
Past Perfect
I had seized
you had seized
he/she/it had seized
we had seized
you had seized
they had seized
Future
I will seize
you will seize
he/she/it will seize
we will seize
you will seize
they will seize
Future Perfect
I will have seized
you will have seized
he/she/it will have seized
we will have seized
you will have seized
they will have seized
Future Continuous
I will be seizing
you will be seizing
he/she/it will be seizing
we will be seizing
you will be seizing
they will be seizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been seizing
you have been seizing
he/she/it has been seizing
we have been seizing
you have been seizing
they have been seizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been seizing
you will have been seizing
he/she/it will have been seizing
we will have been seizing
you will have been seizing
they will have been seizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been seizing
you had been seizing
he/she/it had been seizing
we had been seizing
you had been seizing
they had been seizing
Conditional
I would seize
you would seize
he/she/it would seize
we would seize
you would seize
they would seize
Past Conditional
I would have seized
you would have seized
he/she/it would have seized
we would have seized
you would have seized
they would have seized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.seize - take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk 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"
nab - seize suddenly
rack - seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
claw - clutch as if in panic; "She clawed the doorknob"
get hold of, take - get into one's hands, take physically; "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please"
arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail, apprehend, pick up - take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
capture, catch, get - succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"
collar - seize by the neck or collar
clasp - grasp firmly; "The child clasped my hands"
grip - hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
grab - take or grasp suddenly; "She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room"
grab, take hold of, catch - take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"
snatch, snatch up, snap - to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"
clench, clinch - hold in a tight grasp; "clench a steering wheel"
grapple, grip - to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
2.seize - take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
raven - obtain or seize by violence
wrest - obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically; "wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"
get hold of, take - get into one's hands, take physically; "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please"
abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch - take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"
commandeer, highjack, hijack, pirate - take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"
3.seize - take possession of by force, as after an invasionseize - 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"
take over, usurp, arrogate, seize, assume - 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"
carry - capture after a fight; "The troops carried the town after a brief fight"
4.seize - take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authorityseize - 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"
take - take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
condemn - appropriate (property) for public use; "the county condemned the land to build a highway"
sequester - requisition forcibly, as of enemy property; "the estate was sequestered"
garnish, garnishee - take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support; "His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt"
distrain - confiscate by distress
5.seize - seize and take control without authority and possibly with forceseize - 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"
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
annex - take (territory) as if by conquest; "Hitler annexed Lithuania"
appropriate, conquer, seize, capture - 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"
preoccupy - occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"
hijack - seize control of; "they hijacked the judicial process"
raid - take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock; "T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies"
6.seize - hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish"
hook - catch with a hook; "hook a fish"
7.seize - affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
overwhelm, sweep over, whelm, overpower, overtake, overcome - overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
8.seize - capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"
fascinate, intrigue - cause to be interested or curious

seize

verb
1. grab, grip, grasp, take, snatch, clutch, snap up, pluck, fasten, latch on to, lay hands on, catch or take hold of an otter seizing a fish
grab let go, loose
2. take by storm, take over, capture, take, acquire, occupy, conquer, overrun, annex, usurp Troops have seized the airport and radio terminals.
3. confiscate, appropriate, commandeer, impound, take possession of, requisition, sequester, expropriate, sequestrate Police were reported to have seized all copies the newspaper.
confiscate relinquish, hand back
4. capture, catch, arrest, get, nail (informal), grasp, collar (informal), hijack, abduct, nab (informal), apprehend, take captive Men carrying sub-machine guns seized the five soldiers.
capture free, release, set free, turn loose
5. jump at, exploit, take advantage of, pounce on, snatch, seize on, leap at During the riots people seized the opportunity to steal property.

seize

verb
1. To take firmly with the hand and maintain a hold on:
2. To get hold of (something moving):
Informal: nab.
Idiom: lay hands on.
3. To lay claim to for oneself or as one's right:
4. To have a sudden overwhelming effect on:
5. To take into custody as a prisoner:
Informal: nab, pick up.
Slang: bust, collar, pinch, run in.
6. To take quick and forcible possession of:
Idiom: help oneself to.
Translations
يَسْتَوْلي عَلىيَقْبِضُ عَلَىيَقْبِضُ على، يَحْجِزُ
chytitpopadnoutzmocnit se
gribekonfiskeretagebeslaglægge
tarttuatilaisuus
uhvatiti
megfogmegragad
òrífa, hrifsataka meî valdi
ぐいとつかむつかむ捉える
잡다
capere
areštuotinusitvertipagriebti
izmantotkonfiscētsagrābtsatvert
prijetizgrabiti
gripafånga
ฉกฉวย
yakalamakele geçirmekkavramak
nắm lấy

seize

[siːz]
A. VT
1. (= physically take hold of) → coger, agarrar
to seize hold of sth/sbcoger or agarrar algo/a algn
to seize sb by the armcoger or agarrar a algn por el brazo
2. (= capture) [+ person] → detener; [+ territory] → apoderarse de; [+ power] → tomar, hacerse con
3. (Jur) (= confiscate) [+ property] → incautar, embargar
4. (= kidnap) → secuestrar
5. (fig) [+ opportunity] → aprovechar
to be seized with fear/rageestar sobrecogido por el miedo/la cólera
he was seized with a desire to leaveel deseo de marcharse se apoderó de él
B. VI
see seize up
seize on VI + PREP = seize upon
seize up VI + ADV [machine, limbs] → agarrotarse
seize upon VI + PREP [+ chance] → aprovechar; [+ idea] → fijarse en

seize

[ˈsiːz] vt
(= take hold of, grab) → saisir
He seized my arm to hold me back → Il saisit mon bras pour me retenir.
(= take possession of) → s'emparer de
Troops have seized the airport → Les troupes se sont emparées de l'aéroport.
to seize control of sth → s'emparer du contrôle de qch
to seize power → s'emparer du pouvoir
(LAW) [+ possessions] → saisir
(= capture) → capturer
[+ opportunity, chance, initiative] → saisir
to seize sth with both hands [+ chance] → saisir qch à pleine mains
seize on
vt fussaisir, sauter sur
seize up
vi
[part of the body] → se bloquer
[engine, motor] → serrer
seize upon
vt fussaisir, sauter sur

seize

vt
(= grasp)packen, ergreifen; (as hostage) → nehmen; (= confiscate)beschlagnahmen; passporteinziehen; ship (authorities) → beschlagnahmen; (pirates) → kapern; (= capture) towneinnehmen; train, buildingbesetzen; criminalfassen; to seize somebody’s arm, to seize somebody by the armjdn am Arm packen
(fig) (= lay hold of: panic, fear, desire) → packen, ergreifen; power, leadershipan sich (acc)reißen; (= leap upon) idea, suggestionaufgreifen; opportunity, initiativeergreifen; to seize the momentden günstigen Augenblick wahrnehmen; to seize the dayden Tag nutzen; to seize control of somethingetw unter Kontrolle bringen

seize

[siːz] vt (clutch, grasp) → afferrare (Mil, Law) (person, territory, power) → prendere; (articles) → sequestrare; (opportunity) → cogliere
to seize hold of sth/sb → afferrare qc/qn
he was seized with a fit of coughing → gli è venuto un accesso di tosse
she was seized with fear/rage → è stata presa dalla paura/rabbia
I was seized by the desire to laugh → mi è venuta una gran voglia di ridere
seize on seize upon vi + prep (chance, mistake) → non lasciarsi sfuggire; (idea) → sfruttare prontamente
seize up vi + adv (muscle, back) → bloccarsi (Tech) (machine) → grippare

seize

(siːz) verb
1. to take or grasp suddenly, especially by force. She seized the gun from him; He seized her by the arm; He seized the opportunity of leaving.
2. to take, especially by force or by law. The police seized the stolen property.
ˈseizure (-ʒə) noun
the act of seizing. seizure of property.
seize on
to accept with enthusiasm. I suggested a cycling holiday, and he seized on the idea.
seize up
(of machinery etc) to get stuck and stop working. The car seized up yesterday.

seize is spelt with -ei- (not -ie-).

seize

يَقْبِضُ عَلَى popadnout gribe ergreifen τσακώνω agarrar tarttua saisir uhvatiti afferrare ぐいとつかむ 잡다 in beslag nemen beslaglegge chwycić apoderar-se схватить gripa ฉกฉวย yakalamak nắm lấy 查获

seize

vi convulsionar, tener una convulsión, tener convulsiones
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