The agency went so far as to seize infants without any evidence that they were in danger.
John F. Kennedy devoted his political career to realizing America's "mission" to seize "direct control of world destiny."
But Republicans seem determined not to seize this opportunity.
“It seems like somebody at GMA needs a lesson in how to seize an opportunity,” he said.
The U.N. was threatening to seize his money, ban his travel, and label him a criminal.
How, he inquires, can we seize the thread of the progress of the human mind?
There are fierce warriors who will try to seize you and make you slaves.
The sky was so pure that the eye could seize the slightest details on the horizon.
They seize us at their pleasure, and we can never tell which is to take its turn.
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.