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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.seize on - adopt; "take up new ideas"
sweep up, embrace, espouse, adopt - take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
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(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-).
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