|Origin:||saisir 'to take possession of', from Medieval Latin sacire|
seize W3 [transitive]
to take hold of something suddenly and violently [= grab]:
Suddenly he seized my hand.
seize something from somebody
Maggie seized the letter from her.
to take control of a place suddenly and quickly, using military force
seize power/control (of something)
The rebels have seized power.
A group of soldiers seized the airport.
if the police or government officers seize something, for example illegal drugs, they take legal possession of it:
160,000 CDs were seized from illegal factories.
All of my assets were seized, including my home.
to suddenly catch someone and make sure they cannot get away:
The gunmen were seized at 1 a.m.
to quickly and eagerly do something when you have the chance to
to suddenly be affected by an extremely strong feeling:
When she saw his face, she was seized by fear.
seize on/upon somethingphrasal verb
His every remark is seized upon by the press.
seize upphrasal verb
if an engine or part of a machine seizes up, its moving parts stop working and can no longer move, for example because of lack of oil:
The mechanism had seized up.
if a part of your body, such as your back, seizes up, you suddenly cannot move it and it is very painful