Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete or archaic form of seize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb See seize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, law To vest ownership of a freehold estate in (someone).
  • verb transitive, law To put in possession.
  • verb dated To seize.

Etymologies

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Middle English, from Old French seisir ("to put in possession of", "to take possession of"), from Late Latin sacīre, from Frankish *sakjan (“to sue, bring a legal charge against”), from Proto-Germanic *sakōnan (“to charge, seek legal action against”), from Proto-Indo-European *sāg(')- (“to track”). Cognate with Old High German sahhan ("to argue, scold"), Old English sacian ("to strive, contend"). More at sake.

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