Seize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seized p. pr. & vb. n. Seizing.]
1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
For by no means the high bank he could seize. --Spenser.
Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands
The royalties and rights of banished Hereford? --Shak.
2. To take possession of by force.
At last they seize
The scepter, and regard not David's sons. --Milton.
3. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul. --Pope.
4. law To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
5. To fasten; to fix. [Obs.]
As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws
Upon the carcass of some beast too weak. --Spenser.
6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
7. Naut. To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
Note: ☞ This word, by writers on law, is commonly written seise, in the phrase to be seised of (an estate), as also, in composition, disseise, disseisin.
To be seized of, to have possession, or right of possession; as, A B was seized and possessed of the manor of Dale. “Whom age might see seized of what youth made prize.” --Chapman.
To seize on or To seize upon, to fall on and grasp; to take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly.
Syn: -- To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest; take; capture.
v 1: take hold of; grab; "The salesclerk quickly seized the money
on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother
seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize
small mammals" [syn: prehend, clutch]
2: take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the
politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian
3: take possession of by force, as after an invasion; "the
invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants";
"The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the
castle" [syn: appropriate, capture, conquer]
4: take temporary possession of as a security, by legal
authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents
impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated
the stolen artwork" [syn: impound, attach, sequester,
5: seize and take control without authority and possibly with
force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to
himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he
usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne
after her husband died" [syn: assume, usurp, take
6: hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish"
7: affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized
with unberable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful
disease" [syn: clutch, get hold of]
8: capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will
grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination" [syn: grab]