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v. seized, seiz·ing, seiz·es
1. To grasp suddenly and forcibly; take or grab: seize a sword.
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.
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).
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.
1. To lay sudden or forcible hold of something.
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.
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The court heard on Friday that he had benefited from the drugs to the value of PS9,624.77 and the total sum of his seizable assets was just PS590.03.
The same religious edict deems any publications with elements of liberalism and religious pluralism as 'haram' or forbidden to Muslims, and seizable by religious authorities.
In an exhibition statement, Arikha described his practice as "an attempt, a very cautious one, to try to paint again through the visible by the visible, through the equation of what's seizable with what's expressible." The text that Beckett wrote for an exhibition of Arikha's drawings in Paris 1966 is one of the most astute renderings of the artistic act of seeing: "Back and forth the gaze beating against unseeable and unmakeable.
The claim can be filed only after the will-maker's death; (15) it is not inheritable, transferable or seizable.
(102) The Ninth Circuit concluded its per curiam opinion with a general admonition: "The process of segregating electronic data that is seizable from that which is not must not become a vehicle for the government to gain access to data which it has no probable cause to collect." (103)
He wrote, "To look at an Arman tableau is to face blinding reality, to bump up against something seizable and self-evident." But he qualified that initial response by conceding that the object "is never, in Arman's work, what it is when we encounter it on a table, in a drawer or in a cupboard.[...] The situation that the artist has imposed on it prohibits us from grasping it like we do every day: it distances itself, it passes to the other side of a river, and, for a bit, becomes an inaccessible example.[...] Strange realism," he concluded, "that consists in distancing the viewer from reality, while in appearance everything is ordered and composed in such a way as to bring it closer." (12)
This should, however, not be taken as a pure residual; it includes a number of seizable components.
It was only after a seizable number had entered the European Union and been connected with acts of terrorism that eyes were opened.
(27) In these states, creditors have heavily increased access to seizable property simply because their debtors make the choice to marry.