verb (used with object), seized, seizing.
to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
to grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely: to seize an idea.
to take possession of by force or at will: to seize enemy ships.
to take possession or control of as if by suddenly laying hold: Panic seized the crowd.
to take possession of by legal authority; confiscate: to seize smuggled goods.
Also, seise. Law. to put (someone) in seizin or legal possession of property (usually used in passive constructions): She was seized of vast estates.
to capture; take into custody.
to take advantage of promptly: to seize an opportunity.
Nautical. to bind or fasten together with a seizing.
verb (used without object), seized, seizing.
to grab or take hold suddenly or forcibly (usually followed by on or upon ): to seize on a rope.
to resort to a method, plan, etc., in desperation (usually followed by on or upon ): He must seize on a solution, however risky.
to have moving parts bind and stop moving as a result of excessive pressure, temperature, or friction (usually followed by up ): The engine seized up from cold.

1250–1300; Middle English saisen, seisen < Old French saisir < Medieval Latin sacīre to place (in phrase sacīre ad propriētam to take as one's own, lay claim to) < Frankish, perhaps akin to Gothic satjan to set, put, place

seizable, adjective
seizer; Law. seizor [see-zer, -zawr] , noun
reseize, verb (used with object), reseized, reseizing.
unseizable, adjective
unseized, adjective

1. clutch, grab. 7. arrest, apprehend. See catch.

7. release. Unabridged
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seize (siːz)
vb (on) (sometimes foll by on or upon) (often foll by up) (usually foll by of)
1.  to take hold of quickly; grab: she seized her hat and ran for the bus
2.  to grasp mentally, esp rapidly: she immediately seized his idea
3.  to take mental possession of: alarm seized the crowd
4.  to take possession of rapidly and forcibly: the thief seized the woman's purse
5.  to take legal possession of; take into custody
6.  to take by force or capture: the army seized the undefended town
7.  to take immediate advantage of: to seize an opportunity
8.  nautical See also serve to bind (two ropes together or a piece of gear to a rope)
9.  (of mechanical parts) to become jammed, esp because of excessive heat
10.  to be apprised of; conversant with
11.  the usual US spelling of seise
[C13 saisen, from Old French saisir, from Medieval Latin sacīre to position, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic satjan to set1]

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Word Origin & History

1265, from O.Fr. seisir "to put in possession of, to take possession of," from L.L. sacire, generally held to be from a Gmc. source, perhaps from Frankish *sakjan "lay claim to" (cf. Goth. sokjan, O.E. secan "to seek;" see seek), or from P.Gmc. *satjan "to place" (see set (v.)).
Originally a legal term in ref. to feudal property holdings or offices. Meaning "to grip with the hands or teeth" is from c.1300; that of "to take possession by force or capture" (of a city, etc.) is from 1338. Fig. use, with ref. to death, disease, fear, etc. is from c.1381. Meaning "to grasp with the mind" is attested from 1855. Of engines or other mechanisms, attested from 1878.
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