/seez/, v., seized, seizing.v.t.1. to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.2. to grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely: to seize an idea.3. to take possession of by force or at will: to seize enemy ships.4. to take possession or control of as if by suddenly laying hold: Panic seized the crowd.5. to take possession of by legal authority; confiscate: to seize smuggled goods.6. Also, seise. Law. to put (someone) in seizin or legal possession of property (usually used in passive constructions): She was seized of vast estates.7. to capture; take into custody.8. to take advantage of promptly: to seize an opportunity.9. Naut. to bind or fasten together with a seizing.v.i.10. to grab or take hold suddenly or forcibly (usually fol. by on or upon): to seize on a rope.11. to resort to a method, plan, etc., in desperation (usually fol. by on or upon): He must seize on a solution, however risky.12. to have moving parts bind and stop moving as a result of excessive pressure, temperature, or friction (usually fol. by up): The engine seized up from cold.[1250-1300; ME saisen, seisen < OF saisir < ML sacire to place (in phrase sacire ad proprietam to take as one's own, lay claim to) < Frankish, perh. akin to Goth satjan to SET, put, place]Ant. 7. release.
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