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verb [transitive] seize pronunciation in American English /siz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleseizing
past tenseseized
past participleseized
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  1. 1
    to take something using official power and force
    Customs officials have seized 100 pounds of cocaine.
    Action was taken to seize criminal assets valued at $200 million.
    1. a.
      to take control of a place or situation using military force
      Eastern towns were seized by the rebels two years ago.
      The nation’s generals seized power in a coup.
    2. b.
      to take something or someone away in an illegal and violent way
      Robbers tied up security guards and seized the money.
  2. 2
    to gain control in a situation
    seize control: Their opponents had seized control of the army.
    seize the initiative (=make certain that you are able to control a situation): You must seize the initiative in discussions about salary.
  3. 3
    to suddenly and firmly hold someone by a part of their body or clothing
    “Listen,” he said, seizing my wrist.
    seize someone by something: Before he could run away, she seized him by the collar.
    1. a.
      to quickly take something in your hand
      Hearing a noise, he seized his gun from the drawer.
  4. 4
    mainly literary if a feeling or emotion seizes someone, it suddenly affects them very strongly
    She was seized by agonizing cramps.
    A wave of panic seized me.

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