The last time Republicans seized control of the House, in 1994, there was an intraparty putsch.
He was immediately apprehended by police and when searched was found to be in possession of a knife, which was seized.
Al-Liby was seized by a Delta Force team from outside his Tripoli home when returning from early morning prayers.
The sensor detections led to more than 1,100 pounds of seized drugs.
Michele Bachmann seized an attention-grabbing moment during a discussion of home foreclosures.
I began to tremble, seized one of his arms, and implored him not to be angry.
Clif desperate from despair, seized it and drew himself close.
It had seized the hen, and refused to let go when she tried to scare it away.
The Spaniard seized an oar and with an oath sprang toward the American.
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.