verb (used with object), seized, seiz·ing.
verb (used without object), seized, seiz·ing.
Origin of seize
Synonyms for seize
Antonyms for seize
Examples from the Web for unseizable
Historical Examples of unseizable
The explanations of his changes were invariably vague, unseizable.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories
The ear seizes the most unseizable sounds in the midst of the shrillest noises.Baudelaire: His Prose and Poetry
Its arial trembling and immateriality may meet the soul in waves of glowing fire, but intellectually it is unseizable.Paul Verlaine
Since the moment when she had crawled at Maurices feet her image of herself had been broken, unseizable.Paths of Judgement
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Was it the vague, unseizable likeness between them which had pushed him over the edge?Saint's Progress
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.