verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
Examples from the Web for seize
They tried to seize funds that were raised for his legal defense.Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”|Kevin M. Gallagher|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Patriot Act allows the Department of Justice to seize foreign bank assets in U.S. accounts.
Whether they will seize the moment, or play the same old politics as usual, remains to be seen.
Imagine being an Iraq vet who lost friends securing a place such as Fallujah only to see ISIS now seize it.It’s Time for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to Get a Parade of Their Own|Michael Daly|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, in its own way, it was just another “big” moment, and he had to seize it.Jeff Daniels Defends Aaron Sorkin and the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Toilet Scene|Kevin Fallon|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was always waiting, even always expecting, ready to take her chance, with arm out-stretched to seize Occasion by the forelock.Sophy of Kravonia|Anthony Hope
I heard she would be here to-night and all to-morrow forenoon, and came down to seize the opportunity.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 1(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Perhaps the king had got information of the wealth contained in the ship, and intended to seize her.Antony Waymouth|W.H.G. Kingston
Out went the candle, and each one rushed away with as much of the feast as she could seize in her haste.An Old-fashioned Girl|Louisa May Alcott
He thought he saw a serpent of the hydra kind, with nine heads, ready to seize him.The Little Gleaner, Vol. X.|Various
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.