Definition of seizure noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsiːʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːʒər//
    Legal processes, Being ill
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] seizure (of something) the use of legal authority to take something from somebody; an amount of something that is taken in this way The court ordered the seizure of his assets. the largest ever seizure of cocaine at a British port See related entries: Legal processes
  2. 2[uncountable] seizure (of something) the act of using force to take control of a country, town, etc. the army’s seizure of power the seizure of Burma by Japan in 1942
  3. 3(old-fashioned) [countable] a sudden attack of an illness, especially one that affects the brain an epileptic seizure See related entries: Being ill
  4. Extra examples The Act confers powers of entry, search and seizure on the police. It was the largest ever seizure of cocaine at a British port. The invasion began with the seizure of the country’s largest southern city. The military took control of the country in an illegal seizure of power.
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