Meaning of seize
Pronunciation: (sēz), [key]
— v., seized, seiz•ing.
- to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
- to grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely: to seize an idea.
- to take possession of by force or at will: to seize enemy ships.
- to take possession or control of as if by suddenly laying hold: Panic seized the crowd.
- to take possession of by legal authority; confiscate: to seize smuggled goods.
- to put (someone) in seizin or legal possession of property (usually used in passive constructions): She was seized of vast estates.
- to capture; take into custody.
- to take advantage of promptly: to seize an opportunity.
- to bind or fasten together with a seizing.
- to grab or take hold suddenly or forcibly (usually fol. by on or upon): to seize on a rope.
- to resort to a method, plan, etc., in desperation (usually fol. by on or upon): He must seize on a solution, however risky.
- to have moving parts bind and stop moving as a result of excessive pressure, temperature, or friction (usually fol. by up): The engine seized up from cold.
- seize (Thesaurus)