Definition of SEIZES

verb : SEIZES

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) take hold of; grab; "The sales clerk 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" ;

  • 2. (

    ) take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 6. (

    ) hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish" ;

  • 7. (

    ) affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease" ;

  • 8. (

    ) capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination" ;


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