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    seize - Dictionary definition and meaning for word seize

    (verb) take hold of; grab
    Synonyms : clutch , prehend
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (verb) take or capture by force
    Example Sentence
    • The terrorists seized the politicians
    • The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages
    (verb) take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    Synonyms : appropriate , capture , conquer
    Example Sentence
    • the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants
    • The army seized the town
    • The militia captured the castle
    (verb) take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
    Synonyms : attach , confiscate , impound , sequester
    Example Sentence
    • The FBI seized the drugs
    • The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment
    • The police confiscated the stolen artwork
    (verb) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
    Synonyms : arrogate , assume , take over , usurp
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (verb) hook by a pull on the line
    Example Sentence
    • strike a fish
    (verb) affect
    Synonyms : clutch , get hold of
    Example Sentence
    • Fear seized the prisoners
    • The patient was seized with unbearable pains
    • He was seized with a dreadful disease
    (verb) capture the attention or imagination of
    Synonyms : grab
    Example Sentence
    • This story will grab you
    • The movie seized my imagination
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