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seize

seize - Dictionary definition and meaning for word seize

Definition
(verb) take hold of; grab
Synonyms : clutch , prehend
Example Sentence
  • The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter
  • She clutched her purse
  • The mother seized her child by the arm
  • Birds of prey often seize small mammals

Definition
(verb) take or capture by force
Example Sentence
  • The terrorists seized the politicians
  • The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages

Definition
(verb) take possession of by force, as after an invasion
Synonyms : appropriate , capture , conquer
Example Sentence
  • the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants
  • The army seized the town
  • The militia captured the castle

Definition
(verb) take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
Synonyms : attach , confiscate , impound , sequester
Example Sentence
  • The FBI seized the drugs
  • The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment
  • The police confiscated the stolen artwork

Definition
(verb) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
Synonyms : arrogate , assume , take over , usurp
Example Sentence
  • He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town
  • he usurped my rights
  • She seized control of the throne after her husband died

Definition
(verb) hook by a pull on the line
Example Sentence
  • strike a fish

Definition
(verb) affect
Synonyms : clutch , get hold of
Example Sentence
  • Fear seized the prisoners
  • The patient was seized with unbearable pains
  • He was seized with a dreadful disease

Definition
(verb) capture the attention or imagination of
Synonyms : grab
Example Sentence
  • This story will grab you
  • The movie seized my imagination

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