seize

[ seez ]
/ siz /

verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.

verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.

Origin of seize

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

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7. See catch.
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British Dictionary definitions for seize on

seize

/ (siːz) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

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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Idioms and Phrases with seize on

seize on


Also, seize upon.

1

Grab or take hold of suddenly, as in He seized on the bell rope and started to pull vigorously, or She seized upon every opportunity to present her side of the story. [Late 1600s]

2

Resort to some action, especially out of dire necessity, as in He seized upon any excuse, no matter how farfetched.

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