seize on

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seize on adopt "take up new ideas"
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Usage

In literature:

A zeal for religion had seized on men excited by their own freedom to find the truth for themselves.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
And it rushed on and on to seize its prey, invisible before, but now plainly seen by the struggles and the resulting phosphorescent light.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
The day after the marquis got on board he was seized with a severe illness, brought on by the anxiety and alarm which he had experienced.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Regent Margaret, however, on hearing of the disturbances, was seized with the greatest alarm.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
On crept the "painter" in the attitude of a cat about to seize some helpless bird.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
We seized our rifles, and rushed on.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
With a savage oath, the pirate was drawing out another pistol, when we threw ourselves on him and seized his arms.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
Fairburn seized it, and, lifting the light form of the Malay lad under his left arm, he hauled himself on board.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
The officers in the same way seized what weapons they could lay hands on, and met their desperate assailants.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
The two seized me by the arms and dragged me up, though I could have scrambled on deck without their help.
"Saved from the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Slander and fear on every side
Seized and beset me round
I to the throne of grace applied,
And speedy rescue found.
"Psalm 31 part 2" by Isaac Watts
So lightly leap'd with furious force
The gentle knight to seize,
But met his tall uplifted spear,
Which sunk him on his knees.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Yet should this breast ne'er heave a groan
For all my fruitless care;
Did sorrows seize on me alone,
My woes I well could bear:
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
A moment hears she shriek on shriek
From hearts that death appals,
As, seized by whirling gulfs, the crews
Are drawn into the falls!
"The Guide Of The Mohawks" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
At last a fever seized on him,
And for a time his mind was lost.
Within his lodging poor and dim,
Ill-tended, unrelieved, he tossed.
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell
And the hag had work'd the daughter up
To murder her old mother,
That then she might seize on all her goods,
And wanton with her lover.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

The pot is starting to bubble on proposed use of eminent domain to seize the mortgages of private home loans that are underwater.
How the struggling automaker seized on a radical electric vehicle to revive its reputation.
Democrats and Republicans seized on November's job numbers Friday to press for a compromise on a deficit deal, as Speaker John A Boehner opened the door slightly to tax rate increases as part of a broad fiscal package.
Aransas Pass focused on seizing District 16-2A title.
After Election Day, the press seizes on a new conventional wisdom.
Authorities say a crackdown on gangs in Toledo netted 38 arrests and thousands of dollars in seized drugs.
Naturally, that little word -- " hate " -- is the one that people seized on.
Documents seized by US Navy Seals during the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last May are to be published online later this week.
After national conservative media seize on a state senator's words, local reporters pick up the story.
Seized pieces of unpolished tusks are displayed by customs officials in Hong Kong on November 16, 2012.
Romney is seizing on President Barack Obama's comment that "you can't change Washington from the inside".
Mitt Romney is seizing on President Barack Obama's comment that "you can't change Washington from the inside.".
Romney seized on President Barack Obama's comment that "you can't change Washington from the inside".
State GOP leaders have enthusiastically seized on a report by Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt as proof of voter fraud.
Triumphant rebels seized Muammar Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli on Aug.23.
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In science:

The air tractor only functioned for a few hours, however, on Bickerton’s Western Sledging Party, before its pistons seized up.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Conversely, in our attempt to get a conceptual grip on physical space we seize on the reals as a set that appears to contain sufficiently many elements to “fill” a continuous line and thus to possess its continuity.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
The ¯Seg possesses the properties of the electromagnetic field, and the ¯See seizes on the features of the gravitational field.
Some helicities in electromagnetic and gravitational fields
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