HyperDic: seize

English > 8 senses of the word seize:
VERBcontactseize, prehend, clutchtake hold of
contactseizetake or capture by force
possessionseize, appropriate, capture, conquertake possession of by force, as after an invasion
possessionseize, impound, attach, sequester, confiscatetake temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
possessionseize, assume, usurp, take over, arrogateseize and take control without authority and possibly with force
contactseizehook by a pull on the line
cognitionseize, clutch, get hold ofaffect
cognitionseize, grabcapture the attention or imagination of
seize > pronunciation
Soundssiy'z
RhymesAchilles ... Yerkes: 115 rhymes with iyz...
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 1, contact
Meaningtake hold of; grab.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"
  • "The mother seized her child by the arm"
  • "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
Synonymsprehend, clutch
Narrowercatch, grab, take hold oftake hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
claspgrasp firmly
clawClutch as if in panic
clench, clinchhold in a tight grasp
collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, copTake into custody
collarseize by the neck or collar / collar / collar
get, catch, capturesucceed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
grabTake or grasp suddenly
grapple, gripTo grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
griphold fast or firmly
nabseize suddenly
rackseize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
snatch, snatch up, snapTo grasp hastily or eagerly
Broadertake, get hold ofGet into one's hands, take physically
Spanishaferrar, agarrar, apoderar, apresar, asir, capturar, coger, confiscar, embargar, incautar, prender, sobrecoger
Catalanagafar, agarrar, apoderar-se, apoderar, capturar, colpir, confiscar, embargar, incautar
Nounsseizingthe act of gripping / gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 2, contact
MeaningTake or capture by force.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Examples
  • "The terrorists seized the politicians"
  • "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
Narrowercommandeer, hijack, highjack, pirateTake arbitrarily or by force
kidnap, nobble, abduct, snatchtake away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
ravenObtain or seize by violence
wrestObtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
Broadertake, get hold ofGet into one's hands, take physically
Spanishapoderarse, apoderar, capturar, confiscar, embargar, incautar, prender, tomar
Catalanapoderar-se, apoderar, capturar, confiscar, embargar, incautar, prendre
Nounsseizera kidnapper who drugs men and takes them for compulsory service aboard a ship
seizurethe act of taking of a person by force
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 3, possession
MeaningTake possession of by force, as after an invasion.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s something from somebody
Examples
  • "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"
  • "The army seized the town"
Synonymsappropriate, capture, conquer
Narrowercarrycapture after a fight / fight
Broaderassume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogateseize and take control without authority and possibly with force
Spanishapoderarse, apoderar, captar, capturar, confiscar, conquistar, dominar, embargar, incautar, invadir, ocupar, tomar
Catalanapoderar-se, apoderar, captar, capturar, confiscar, conquerir, embargar, incautar, prendre
Nounsseizurethe act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 4, possession
MeaningTake temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"The FBI seized the drugs"
Synonymsimpound, attach, sequester, confiscate
NarrowercondemnAppropriate (property) for public use
distrainconfiscate by distress
garnishee, garnishTake a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
BroadertakeTake into one's possession
Similar tosequesterrequisition forcibly, as of enemy property
Spanishapoderar, capturar, confiscar, decomisar, embargar, incautarse, incautar, intervenir, secuestrar
Catalanapoderar, capturar, comissar, confiscar, decomissar, embargar, incautar, intervenir
Nounsseizurethe taking possession of something by legal process
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 5, possession
Meaningseize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
Synonymsassume, usurp, take over, arrogate
NarrowerannexTake (territory) as if by conquest
appropriate, capture, seize, conquerTake possession of by force, as after an invasion
hijackseize control of
preoccupyOccupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
raidtake over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
BroadertakeTake by force
Spanishanexar, apoderar, capturar, confiscar, embargar, incautar, usurpar
Catalanapoderar, capturar, confiscar, embargar, incautar, usurpar
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 6, contact
Meaninghook by a pull on the line.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broaderhookcatch with a hook
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 7, cognition
Meaningaffect.
PatternSomething ----s somebody
Examples
  • "Fear seized the prisoners"
  • "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"
  • "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
Synonymsclutch, get hold of
Broaderoverwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtakeOvercome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
English > seize: 8 senses > verb 8, cognition
Meaningcapture the attention or imagination of.
PatternSomething ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example "The movie seized my imagination"
Synonymgrab
Broaderintrigue, fascinateCause to be interested or curious

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