- 1to take somebody/something in your hand suddenly and using force synonym grab seize something from somebody She tried to seize the gun from him. seize somebody/something He seized her by the arm. She seized hold of my hand.
- 2seize something (from somebody) to take control of a place or situation, often suddenly and violently They seized the airport in a surprise attack. The army has seized control of the country. He seized power in a military coup.
- 3seize somebody to arrest or capture somebody The men were seized as they left the building.
- 4seize something to take illegal or stolen goods away from somebody A large quantity of drugs was seized during the raid.
- 5seize a chance, an opportunity, the initiative, etc. to be quick to make use of a chance, an opportunity, etc. synonym grab The party seized the initiative with both hands (= quickly and with enthusiasm).
- 6seize somebody (of an emotion) to affect somebody suddenly and deeply Panic seized her. He was seized by curiosity.
- 7= seize up (1) Word Origin Middle English: from Old French seizir
BrE BrE//siːz//; NAmE NAmE//siːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they seize
BrE BrE//siːz//; NAmE NAmE//siːz//he / she / it seizes
BrE BrE//ˈsiːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːzɪz//past simple seized
BrE BrE//siːzd//; NAmE NAmE//siːzd//past participle seized
BrE BrE//siːzd//; NAmE NAmE//siːzd//-ing form seizing
BrE BrE//ˈsiːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːzɪŋ//