In the 1999 Kargil War, the Pakistani army crossed the LOC to seize mountain heights controlling a key highway in Kashmir.
John F. Kennedy devoted his political career to realizing America's "mission" to seize "direct control of world destiny."
“It seems like somebody at GMA needs a lesson in how to seize an opportunity,” he said.
It may just mean that we seize on some other difference and code that instead.
Presidents must act at least as much as they react; they must seize the initiative and thrust their enemies on the defensive.
How, he inquires, can we seize the thread of the progress of the human mind?
Russia sought to extend her conquests south and to seize upon Turkey.
The sky was so pure that the eye could seize the slightest details on the horizon.
If I succeed in this I shall doubtless be able to seize more of His bounty.
We must seize and hold for fair trial all who are found within.
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.