verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
British Dictionary definitions for seize up
verb (mainly tr)
Derived Formsseizable, adjective
Word Origin for seize
Idioms and Phrases with seize up
Come to a halt, as in The peace talks seized up and were not rescheduled. Originally, from about 1870 on, this term was applied to a machine of some kind that jammed or locked, owing to excessive heat or friction. Its figurative use dates from about 1950.