Definition for seizing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
Examples from the Web for 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)|Kevin Fallon|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ted Phillips|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Seizing on this scene, critics called the novel “an allegory of our violent times.”American Dreams: A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psychopath|Nathaniel Rich|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
ISIS says it killed at least 1,700 people after seizing the city of Mosul two weeks ago.
The seizing of an American reporter was only a matter of time, and the bespectacled and disheveled Ostrovsky was a prime target.
The group is composed of an American Hunter, in the act of seizing an Indian who was about to tomahawk a mother and her infant.
David, seizing the opportunity, deposited his reserve of lozenges in the ground and hastily swept some earth over them.Brother Jacob|George Eliot
Henry Myers rushed on Cassi again and, seizing him in his powerful arms, threw him with great force on the floor.
Seizing the instrument, he clapped it to his lips, and blew a clarion call.The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire|Herbert Carter
In another moment all but the Master and Dorothy had left the room, and seizing this opportunity he called her to him.Dorothy's House Party|Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for seizing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for seizing (2 of 2)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for seize
Word Origin and History for seizing
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.