Mandela as a leader in the ANC was among the many hundreds who were seized and jailed without trial.
He was immediately apprehended by police and when searched was found to be in possession of a knife, which was seized.
Michele Bachmann seized an attention-grabbing moment during a discussion of home foreclosures.
The sensor detections led to more than 1,100 pounds of seized drugs.
For instance, we know that Casey's computer and cellphone records were seized and searched.
I began to tremble, seized one of his arms, and implored him not to be angry.
Since I have seized my own liberty I am a fanatic for freedom.
It had seized the hen, and refused to let go when she tried to scare it away.
In April, 1870, a party of English travelers in Greece were seized by brigands.
Eric seized the curtain in his hand, rent it from its fastenings, and cast it on the ground.
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.