What does "Seize" mean?


(v. t.) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes (v. t.) To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp (v. t.) To fasten; to fix (v. t.) To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea (v. t.) To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient (v. t.) To take possession of by force (v. t.) To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods

Synonyms appropriate, capture, clutch, grab, conquer, attach, take over, sequester, confiscate, impound, prehend

Example: "Fear seized the prisoners" Example: "The salesclerk quickly seized the money on the counter" Example: "The terrorists seized the politicians" Example: "The movie seized my imagination" Example: "The invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants" Example: "She seized control of the throne after her husband died" Example: "The FBI seized the drugs"

Word Family seized, seizes, seizing