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seize

verb (v)

  • take hold of; grab (verb.contact)
    Synonym: clutch, prehend
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • take or capture by force (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The terrorists seized the politicians.
    The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages.
    source: wordnet30
  • take possession of by force, as after an invasion (verb.possession)
    Example:
    The invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants.
    The army seized the town.
    source: wordnet30
  • take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority (verb.possession)
    Example:
    The FBI seized the drugs.
    source: wordnet30
  • seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession (verb.possession)
    Example:
    She seized control of the throne after her husband died.
    source: wordnet30
  • hook by a pull on the line (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • affect (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: clutch, get hold of
    Example:
    Fear seized the prisoners.
    The patient was seized with unbearable pains.
    He was seized with a dreadful disease.
    source: wordnet30
  • capture the attention or imagination of (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: grab
    Example:
    The movie seized my imagination.
    source: wordnet30
  • To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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