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Definition of seize

verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
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Origin of seize

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English saisen, seisen, from Old French saisir, from Medieval Latin sacīre “to place” (in phrase sacīre ad propriētam “to take as one's own, lay claim to”), from Frankish, perhaps akin to Gothic satjan “to set, put, place”; see set

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7. See catch.

OTHER WORDS FROM seize

seiz·a·ble, adjectiveseiz·er; Law. sei·zor [see-zer, -zawr], /ˈsi zər, -zɔr/, nounre·seize, verb (used with object), re·seized, re·seiz·ing.un·seiz·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for seize

seize
/ (siːz) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of seize

seizable, adjective

Word Origin for seize

C13 saisen, from Old French saisir, from Medieval Latin sacīre to position, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic satjan to set 1
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Medical definitions for seize

seize
[ sēz ]

v.
To exhibit symptoms of seizure activity, usually with convulsions.
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