|—vb (on) (sometimes foll by on |
|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 |
Also, seize upon.
Grab or take hold of suddenly, as in He seized on the bell rope and started to pull vigorously, or She seized upon every opportunity to present her side of the story. [Late 1600s]
Resort to some action, especially out of dire necessity, as in He seized upon any excuse, no matter how farfetched.