verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
Examples from the Web for seized
Historically, conquering armies have seized inhabitants of conquered areas and enslaved them.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
MIAMI — Fidel Castro seized power in January 1959 after waging a guerilla war against then-dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Authorities have seized more than $250 million in assets from businesses across Rome.The Mayor Who Took Down the Mafia That Ruined Rome|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We already have results: we destroyed many vehicles, military convoys, seized many trophies.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia|Anna Nemtsova|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They seized key government buildings and forced the resignation of then Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa.
But Sal Kavannah seized him by the hand and dragged him forward.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City|S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
The non-importation act being still in force, these goods were seized as forfeited to the Government.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2|J. T. Headley.
Bill seized him by the collar and said: "You want 'o fight?"The Eagle's Heart|Hamlin Garland
He was suffered to get as far as the second thwart, or past most of the conspirators, when his legs were seized from behind.
As he watched the front of the truck, Jake, who stood a few feet to one side, leaned out and seized his shoulder.Brandon of the Engineers|Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for seized
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for seize
Word Origin and History for seized
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.