[ 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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Synonym study

7. See catch. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seizer

  • In a similar manner, Hanumant delivers from her curse the ogress of the lake, the seizer (grh) and devourer, who was once a nymph.

  • Bob's first care was to look after Seizer, who was badly wounded, but whose bones were whole.

    The Graysons|Edward Eggleston
  • If the seized property be lost, the seizer shall compensate for the loss in kind or in value.

British Dictionary definitions for seizer


/ (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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