from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To grasp suddenly and forcibly; take or grab: seize a sword.
- transitive v. To grasp with the mind; apprehend: seize an idea and develop it to the fullest extent.
- transitive v. To possess oneself of (something): seize an opportunity.
- transitive v. To have a sudden overwhelming effect on: a heinous crime that seized the minds and emotions of the populace.
- transitive v. To overwhelm physically: a person who was seized with a terminal disease.
- transitive v. To take into custody; capture.
- transitive v. To take quick and forcible possession of; confiscate: seize a cache of illegal drugs.
- transitive v. To put (one) into possession of something.
- transitive v. To vest ownership of a feudal property in.
- transitive v. Nautical To bind (a rope) to another, or to a spar, with turns of small line.
- intransitive v. To lay sudden or forcible hold of.
- intransitive v. To cohere or fuse with another part as a result of high pressure or temperature and restrict or prevent further motion or flow.
- intransitive v. To come to a halt: The talks seized up and were rescheduled.
- intransitive v. To exhibit symptoms of seizure activity, usually with convulsions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture
- v. to take advantage of (an opportunity or circumstance)
- v. to take possession of (by force, law etc.)
- v. to have a sudden and powerful effect upon
- v. to bind, lash or make fast, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line
- v. to fasten, fix
- v. to lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ on or upon)
- v. to have a seizure
- v. to bind or lock in position immovably; see also seize up
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
- transitive v. To take possession of by force.
- transitive v. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly.
- transitive v. To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority.
- transitive v. To fasten; to fix.
- transitive v. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly.
- transitive v. To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put in possession; make possessed; possess: commonly with of before the thing possessed: as, A. B. was seized and possessed of the manor; to seize one's self of an inheritance.
- To take possession of
- By virtue of a warrant or legal authority: as, to seize smuggled goods; to seize a ship after libeling.
- By force, with or without right.
- To lay sudden or forcible hold of; grasp; clutch: either literally or figuratively.
- To come upon with sudden attack; have a sudden and powerful effect upon: as, a panic seized the crowd; a fever seized him.
- To fasten; fix.
- Nautical, to bind, lash, or make fast, as one thing to another, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line; stop: as, to seize two fish-hooks back to back; to seize or stop one rope on to another.
- Synonyms and To snatch, catch, capture, apprehend, arrest, take, attach.
- To lay hold in seizure, as by hands or claws: with on or upon.
- In metallurgy, to cohere.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take hold of; grab
- v. take or capture by force
- v. affect
- v. capture the attention or imagination of
- v. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
- v. take possession of by force, as after an invasion
- v. hook by a pull on the line
- v. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
Middle English seisen, from Old French seisir, to take possession, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Earlier seise, from Middle English seisen, sesen, saisen, from Old French seisir 'take possession of; invest (person, court) (compare French saisir 'to seize; invest a court'), from Medieval Latin sacīre (8th century) 'to lay claim to, appropriate' in the phrase ad propriam sacire, from Low Frankish *sakian 'to sue, bring legal action', from Proto-Germanic *sakōnan (compare Old English sacian 'to strive, brawl'), from *sakanan (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. (Wiktionary)