- the act of a person or thing that seizes.
- Nautical. a means of binding or fastening together two objects, as two ropes, or parts of the same rope, by a number of longitudinal and transverse turns of marline, wire, or other small stuff.
Origin of seizing
- 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.
- Also seise. Law. 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.
- Nautical. to bind or fasten together with a seizing.
- to grab or take hold suddenly or forcibly (usually followed by on or upon): to seize on a rope.
- to resort to a method, plan, etc., in desperation (usually followed 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 followed by up): The engine seized up from cold.
Origin of seize
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Examples from the Web for seizing
But Beyoncé has been nothing if not a master of seizing her own crisis management.Beyonce’s New “7/11” and “Ring Off” Will Give You Reason to Live (And Dance)
November 21, 2014
Seizing Mariupol would be a major blow to Ukraine, which had been winning the war in the east in recent months.Defying NATO, Ignoring Ceasefire, Russian-Backed Troops Keep Rolling
September 4, 2014
Seizing on this scene, critics called the novel “an allegory of our violent times.”American Dreams: A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psychopath
June 29, 2014
ISIS says it killed at least 1,700 people after seizing the city of Mosul two weeks ago.Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad
June 28, 2014
The seizing of an American reporter was only a matter of time, and the bespectacled and disheveled Ostrovsky was a prime target.Putin’s Men in Ukraine Seize U.S. Journalist
April 23, 2014
Seizing the lamp from the hearth, she hastened to the window that overlooked the street-door.The Wives of The Dead
But the rest of the men slept heavily, seizing the unwonted chance.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Seizing Taffy by the hand, he led him into what was the storehouse of the cave.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Seizing a match-box, he struck a light and held it to the hook.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I asked the staff-captain, seizing him by the arm, and involuntarily rejoicing.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- nautical a binding used for holding together two ropes, two spars, etc, esp by lashing with a separate rope
- (also intr foll by on ) to take hold of quickly; grabshe seized her hat and ran for the bus
- (sometimes foll by on or upon) to grasp mentally, esp rapidlyshe immediately seized his idea
- to take mental possession ofalarm seized the crowd
- to take possession of rapidly and forciblythe thief seized the woman's purse
- to take legal possession of; take into custody
- to take by force or capturethe army seized the undefended town
- to take immediate advantage ofto seize an opportunity
- nautical to bind (two ropes together or a piece of gear to a rope)See also serve (def. 19)
- (intr often foll by up) (of mechanical parts) to become jammed, esp because of excessive heat
- (passive usually foll by of) to be apprised of; conversant with
- the usual US spelling of seise
Word Origin and History for seizing
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.