verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
British Dictionary definitions for seize on
verb (mainly tr)
Derived Formsseizable, adjective
Word Origin for seize
Idioms and Phrases with seize on
Also, seize upon.
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]
Resort to some action, especially out of dire necessity, as in He seized upon any excuse, no matter how farfetched.