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SEIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does seize mean? 

SEIZE (verb)
  The verb SEIZE has 8 senses:

1. take hold of; grab
2. take or capture by force
3. take possession of by force, as after an invasion
4. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
5. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
6. hook by a pull on the line
7. affect
8. capture the attention or imagination of

  Familiarity information: SEIZE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEIZE (verb)


Sense 1seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take hold of; grab

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

seize; prehend; clutch

Context examples:

The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter / She clutched her purse / The mother seized her child by the arm / Birds of prey often seize small mammals

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

get hold of; take (get into one's hands, take physically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "seize"):

nab (seize suddenly)

grapple; grip (to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match)

clench; clinch (hold in a tight grasp)

snap; snatch; snatch up (to grasp hastily or eagerly)

catch; grab; take hold of (take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of)

grab (take or grasp suddenly)

grip (hold fast or firmly)

clasp (grasp firmly)

collar (seize by the neck or collar)

capture; catch; get (succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase)

apprehend; arrest; collar; cop; nab; nail; pick up (take into custody)

claw (clutch as if in panic)

rack (seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take or capture by force

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

The terrorists seized the politicians / The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

get hold of; take (get into one's hands, take physically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "seize"):

commandeer; highjack; hijack; pirate (take arbitrarily or by force)

abduct; kidnap; nobble; snatch (take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom)

wrest (obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically)

raven (obtain or seize by violence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take possession of by force, as after an invasion

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

conquer; appropriate; seize; capture

Context examples:

the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants / The army seized the town / The militia captured the castle

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

arrogate; assume; seize; take over; usurp (seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "seize"):

carry (capture after a fight)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Sense 4seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

confiscate; impound; sequester; seize; attach

Context examples:

The FBI seized the drugs / The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment / The police confiscated the stolen artwork

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

take (take into one's possession)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "seize"):

garnish; garnishee (take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support)

distrain (confiscate by distress)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

take over; usurp; arrogate; seize; assume

Context examples:

He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town / he usurped my rights / She seized control of the throne after her husband died

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

take (take by force)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "seize"):

hijack (seize control of)

preoccupy (occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance)

appropriate; capture; conquer; seize (take possession of by force, as after an invasion)

annex (take (territory) as if by conquest)

raid (take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hook by a pull on the line

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

strike a fish

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

hook (catch with a hook)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affect

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

clutch; get hold of; seize

Context examples:

Fear seized the prisoners / The patient was seized with unbearable pains / He was seized with a dreadful disease

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

overcome; overpower; overtake; overwhelm; sweep over; whelm (overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 8seize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capture the attention or imagination of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

grab; seize

Context examples:

This story will grab you / The movie seized my imagination

Hypernyms (to "seize" is one way to...):

fascinate; intrigue (cause to be interested or curious)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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