seize Definition

  • 1take hold of suddenly and forcibly
  • 2capture or take by legal process
  • 3take possession of (something) by legal right

Using seize: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "seize" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police officer seized the suspect by the arm.

  • Example

    The government seized his property for unpaid taxes.

  • Example

    The company seized control of the market.

seize Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for seize

Phrases with seize

  • make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future


    I decided to seize the day and travel the world while I still can.

  • seize up

    become stuck or unable to move


    The engine seized up and we had to call a mechanic.

  • seize on/upon

    take advantage of an opportunity quickly and eagerly


    The company seized upon the chance to expand into new markets.

Origins of seize

from Old French 'saisir', from medieval Latin 'saisire', alteration of Latin 'satisfacere' meaning 'to satisfy'


Summary: seize in Brief

The verb 'seize' [siːz] means to take hold of something suddenly and forcibly, capture or take by legal process, or take possession of something by legal right. Examples include 'The police officer seized the suspect by the arm,' and 'The company seized control of the market.' Phrases include 'seize the day,' 'seize up,' and 'seize on/upon.'

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