verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
Synonyms for seize
Antonyms for seize
Examples from the Web for seizable
Historical Examples of seizable
This forest makes a picture which is designed, but not seizable.Hills and the Sea
This is not indifference, because egoism is the most powerful and seizable of human motives, but is not sufficient.English Conferences of Ernest Renan
But if these fans are painted, they are prohibited to be imported, and are seizable as painted wares.History of the Fan
George Woolliscroft Rhead
No doubt there are delicious and long-to-be-remembered opportunities now and then seizable by staying later.
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for seize
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.