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  • v. To grasp or take hold of (an object) suddenly, forcibly, or tightly.
  • v. To take up, embrace, enact, or turn eagerly to (a plan, idea, ideology, cause, practice, method, etc.); to grasp, understand, and accept quickly; to adopt wholeheartedly or vigorously.
  • v. To take possession of or claim (an idea, person, event, etc.) as one's own; to assimilate, absorb, annex, co-opt.


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  • There is no man, unless he be atheistically profligate, but, when he apprehends that evil and ruin, especially as unto his life, is ready to overtake him, and seize upon him, but he reflects on his sins, and comes to some resolutions of forsaking them for the future, so he may be at present delivered from his deplorable condition.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Lord Peter, observing their array of five strong men, going seize upon one young woman, was reminded of the Marquise de Brinvilliers — (“What! all that water for a little person like me?”) — but this led him back to the subject of poison, and he remained steeped in thought and gloom till the car drew up before the house in Wellington Avenue.

    Unnatural Death

  • And with respect to Zech., commentators seize upon the measure and weight.

    Commentary on Revelation

  • What more natural therefore than that, ceaselessly alert in the service of the Politio, the Gerente should seize upon the proof of guilt exposed before his very eyes at the moment of their return to the hotel, and, pausing only to share it with such friends and members of his family as he encountered upon the way, rush up to the Palace with the news.

    Tour de Force

  • The devil stirred them up to fill men with vain hopes, to keep them in sin and security, that destruction might seize upon them at unawares: and whoever take the same course in the time of deserved, threatened, impendent judgments, though they use not the same means, yet they also do the work of the devil; for whatever encourageth men to be secure in their sins is a false divination, Jer.v. 30, 31.


  • Upon the arrival of Johnson, about sunset, General Ewell prepared to advance and seize upon the eastern terminus of the Cemetery Range, which commanded the subsequent Federal position.

    A Life of Gen Robert E Lee

  • Furthermore, he besought the Sultan to write for him letters patent, authorising him to seize upon Badr al-Din, his nephew and son-in-law, wheresoever he might find him.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Damascus, to this effect: “The instant thou shalt receive this our letter, seize upon Ghanim bin Ayyub and send him to us.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Three hundred thousand new troops were called for, large bounties were held out as an inducement to enlistment, negro-slaves in regions occupied by the United States armies were directed to be enrolled as troops, and military commanders were authorized to seize upon whatever was “necessary or convenient for their commands,” without compensation to the owners.

    A Life of Gen Robert E Lee

  • Knowest thou not that Death calleth for thee and hasteneth to seize upon the soul of thee?

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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