Origin of seizing
verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
Synonyms for seize
Antonyms for seize
Related Words for seizingcatch, snatch, confiscate, commandeer, force, capture, arrest, apprehend, annex, occupy, ambush, take, hijack, kidnap, grab, overrun, impound, grip, enfold, compass
Examples from the Web for seizing
Contemporary Examples of seizing
But Beyoncé has been nothing if not a master of seizing her own crisis management.Beyonce’s New “7/11” and “Ring Off” Will Give You Reason to Live (And Dance)
November 21, 2014
Seizing Mariupol would be a major blow to Ukraine, which had been winning the war in the east in recent months.Defying NATO, Ignoring Ceasefire, Russian-Backed Troops Keep Rolling
September 4, 2014
Seizing on this scene, critics called the novel “an allegory of our violent times.”American Dreams: A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psychopath
June 29, 2014
ISIS says it killed at least 1,700 people after seizing the city of Mosul two weeks ago.Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad
June 28, 2014
The seizing of an American reporter was only a matter of time, and the bespectacled and disheveled Ostrovsky was a prime target.Putin’s Men in Ukraine Seize U.S. Journalist
April 23, 2014
Historical Examples of seizing
Seizing the lamp from the hearth, she hastened to the window that overlooked the street-door.The Wives of The Dead
But the rest of the men slept heavily, seizing the unwonted chance.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Seizing Taffy by the hand, he led him into what was the storehouse of the cave.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Seizing a match-box, he struck a light and held it to the hook.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I asked the staff-captain, seizing him by the arm, and involuntarily rejoicing.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for seize
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.