They will seize upon the first occasion which presents itself.
Russia sought to extend her conquests south and to seize upon Turkey.
The main thing in an offensive battle is to seize upon the decisive point of the field.
It could seize upon any one of the party without coming from the branch.
“That will I do, and seize upon the greatness also,” I said.
He made no comment, fearing that she might seize upon any as a pretext for putting him off.
He had expected Lance to refuse; but, worn by pain and anxious as he was, the boy was willing to seize upon any hope of escape.
seize upon every bit of shelter, and have a few steady shots at them.
Terrors, vague and supernatural,216 begin to seize upon the watcher's unnerved mind.
Do not let them seize upon the palace, and shove their God again into the manger.
mid-13c., from Old French seisir "to take possession of, take by force; put in possession of, bestow upon" (Modern French saisir), from Late Latin sacire, which is generally held to be from a Germanic source, but the exact origin is uncertain. Perhaps from Frankish *sakjan "lay claim to" (cf. Gothic sokjan, Old English secan "to seek;" see seek). Or perhaps from Proto-Germanic *satjan "to place" (see set (v.)).
Originally a legal term in reference 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 mid-14c. Figurative use, with reference to death, disease, fear, etc. is from late 14c. Meaning "to grasp with the mind" is attested from 1855. Of engines or other mechanisms, attested from 1878. Related: Seized; seizing.