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Verb: seize  seez
  1. Take hold of; grab
    "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals";
    - prehend [archaic], clutch
  2. Take or capture by force
    "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
  3. Take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town";
    - appropriate, capture, conquer
  4. Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
    "The FBI seized the drugs";
    - impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, sequestrate
  5. Take control of (without authority and possibly with force); take as one's right or possession
    "She seized control of the throne after her husband died";
    - assume, usurp, take over, arrogate
  6. Hook by a pull on the line
    - strike
  7. Affect
    "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease";
    - clutch, get hold of
  8. Capture the attention or imagination of
    "The movie seized my imagination";
    - grab
  9. (law) put in legal possession of
    - seise [Brit]

Sounds like: sea

Derived forms: seized, seizing, seizes

Type of: fascinate, get hold of, hook, intrigue, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, take

Encyclopedia: Seize