• "The second lion seized him."
    "The second lion seized him."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seize capture the attention or imagination of "This story will grab you","The movie seized my imagination"
    • v seize affect "Fear seized the prisoners","The patient was seized with unbearable pains","He was seized with a dreadful disease"
    • v seize take hold of; grab "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"
    • v seize take or capture by force "The terrorists seized the politicians","The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
    • v seize hook by a pull on the line "strike a fish"
    • v seize take possession of by force, as after an invasion "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants","The army seized the town","The militia captured the castle"
    • v seize take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority "The FBI seized the drugs","The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment","The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
    • v seize seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession "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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them." "Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them."
"Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth." "Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth."
The Dog Seizes Pinocchio and Escapes The Dog Seizes Pinocchio and Escapes
"Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns." "Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In most American states, a wedding ring is exempt by law from inclusion among the assets in a bankruptcy estate. This means that a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors, no matter how much the bankrupt person owes.
    • Seize (Naut) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
    • Seize To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp. "For by no means the high bank he could seize .""Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands
      The royalties and rights of banished Hereford?"
    • Seize To fasten; to fix. "As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws
      Upon the carcass of some beast too weak."
    • Seize To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
    • Seize To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient. "Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul."
    • Seize To take possession of by force. "At last they seize The scepter, and regard not David's sons."
    • Seize (law) To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A few years back, a Chinese soap hit it big with consumers in Asia. It was claimed in ads that users would lose weight with Seaweed Defat Scented Soap simply by washing with it. The soap was sold in violation to the Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and was banned. Reportedly, the craze for the soap was so great that Japanese tourists from China and Hong Kong brought back large quantities. The product was also in violation of customs regulations. In June and July 1999 alone, over 10,000 bars were seized.
    • seize To put in possession; make possessed; possess: commonly with of before the thing possessed: as, A. B. was seized and possessed of the manor; to seize one's self of an inheritance.
    • seize To take possession of
    • seize By virtue of a warrant or legal authority: as, to seize smuggled goods; to seize a ship after libeling.
    • seize By force, with or without right.
    • seize To lay sudden or forcible hold of; grasp; clutch: either literally or figuratively.
    • seize To come upon with sudden attack; have a sudden and powerful effect upon: as, a panic seized the crowd; a fever seized him.
    • seize To fasten; fix.
    • seize Nautical, to bind, lash, or make fast, as one thing to another, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line; stop: as, to seize two fish-hooks back to back; to seize or stop one rope on to another.
    • seize Synonyms and To snatch, catch, capture, apprehend, arrest, take, attach.
    • seize To lay hold in seizure, as by hands or claws: with on or upon.
    • seize In metallurgy, to cohere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smallest of American owls, the elf owl, often nests in the Gila woodpecker’s cactus hole after the woodpecker leaves. The owl measures barely 6 inches tall. It specializes in catching scorpions, seizing each by the tail and nipping off its stinger. It then swallows the scorpion’s body, pincers and all.
    • v.t Seize sēz — to take possession of forcibly: to take hold of: to grasp: to apprehend by legal authority: to come upon suddenly: to lash or make fast
    • v.i Seize to lay hold of with the claws: in metallurgy, to cohere
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.”
  • Leonard H. Robbins
    Leonard H. Robbins
    “How a minority, reaching majority, seizing authority, hates a minority!”
  • Jane Austen
    “Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.”
  • J. Paul Getty
    “There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seisen, saisen, OF. seisir, saisir, F. saisir, of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. set,. The meaning is properly, to set, put, place, hence, to put in possession of. See Set (v. t.)


In literature:

He seized the things, and began to return as slowly as before.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Next moment Corrie was at her side, and before the savage could seize the child, he levelled the pistol at his head and fired.
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
The king, who felt his heart opened, seized his dagger, and hastened to his wife to kill her.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Instructed liest thou in wait for me, To seize and hold me?
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
In many towns the people rose to attack the citadels or barracks, and to seize the authority.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
It was now that the frenzy of speculating began to seize upon the nation.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Virginia walked up to him and seized his bridle rein.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
With foaming jaws he watches the dogs, ready to seize by the snout each who comes within reach.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Finding Bosomworth unreasonable, the council caused him to be seized and confined.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
Everywhere the new stamps were seized and destroyed.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt

In poetry:

Such a false happiness
Had seized me then;
A child, I saw myself
Man among men.
"When Childhood Died" by John Freeman
She seized my hand
and angrily exclaimed:
You’ll live a long time!
It sounded like a threat.
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
Well, let them seize on all they can: —
One treasure still is mine, —
A heart that loves to think on thee,
And feels the worth of thine.
"Oh, they have robbed me of the hope" by Anne Bronte
Now fierce, the BARON darted forth,
His trembling victim seizing;
She felt her blood, in ev'ry vein
Move, with a sense of dead'ning pain,
As though her heart were freezing.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Be some kind spirit, likest thine,
Ever at hand, with airs divine
The wandering heart to seize;
Whispering, "How long hast thou to live,
That thou should'st Hope or Fancy gave
To flowers or crowns like these?"
"The Restoration Of The Royal Family" by John Keble
"They could have got away, I'm told,
And joined me here in Marylebne,
But Grannie was so sick and old,
They could not leave her there alone.
When they were seized she cried and cried:
Thank God! 'Twas in her bed she died.
"The Locket" by Robert W Service

In news:

The Fall of the House of Bush: The Untold Story of How a Band of True Believers Seized the Executive Branch , Started the Iraq War, and Still Imperils.
But it is a real place, and is back in the news after Tuareg rebels seized the city and implemented sharia.
MARTIN COUNTY — The slow growth faction could seize control of the County Commission for the first time since 2000 by winning one of the three seats at stake in the upcoming elections.
With an estimated 30 million viewers tuning in, conservationists are seizing the opportunity to shine light on some alarming issues.
The several bales seized were thought to be worth about $24,000.
MANKATO – A red folder containing photos of child pornography was just one of the items seized during the search of a Mankato trailer last Saturday morning.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will use $35,800 seized from illegal drug activity in Washington County to pay for annual operating expenses and equipment.
Freetown Police seized 61 marijuana plants from the back yard of a home at 12 Kenneth Petty Drive.
The five Iranians were seized in January at Iran's liaison office in Irbil, Iraq.
Norfolk-based frigate seizes $15.6M in cocaine.
A Norfolk-based Navy ship has seized more than $15 million worth of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
For all the dysfunction in our political system, a healthy pattern usually takes hold when a terrible tragedy seizes the nation's attention.
Others actively seize opportunities when they come along.
PACK RAT MINI-STORAGE, Kathy Tanner #F3, your unit has been seized for lack of payment.
A 2001 Chevrolet Corvette that was seized in an impromptu meth lab bust.

In science:

First of all, they write (pg. 278): “It is certainly not desirable to conflate a process’s complexity with the complexity of whatever apparatus connects the process to the variables we happen to have seized upon as handles”.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Finally, we identify a new class of fractals ranging from random to non-random and show that the fractal dimension increases with increasing order and a transition to strictly self-similar pattern occurs when randomness is completely seized.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
We thus find that in the limit β −→ ∞, the resulting distribution of points is a set with fractal dimension Df = 0.4569997 which is a strictly selfsimilar fractal as randomness is seized by dividing fragments into equal pieces.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
We thus find that in the limit β −→ ∞, the resulting distribution of points is a set with fractal dimension Df = 0.4569997, which is a strictly self-similar fractal as randomness is seized by dividing fragments into equal pieces.
Transition from random to ordered fractals in fragmentation of particles in an open system
The now hadronic fireball may expand and cool further until elastic collisions seize to change the momentum distributions.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma