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verb [transitive]     seize pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleseizing
past tenseseized
past participleseized
  1. 1
    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.

  2. 3
    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. 4
    mainly literary if a feeling or emotion seizes someone, it suddenly affects them very strongly

    A wave of panic seized me.

    She was seized by agonizing cramps.

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    be seized by sth if someone is seized by an idea, they are strongly convinced that it is right

    The prime minister was very seized by the need to build on everything he was seeing in that stadium.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/08/2012

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