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'to take possession of'
to take hold of something suddenly and violently
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
, including my home.
to suddenly catch someone and make sure they cannot get away
The gunmen were seized at 1 a.m.
seize a chance/an opportunity/the initiative
to quickly and eagerly do something when you have the chance to
be seized with/by terror/desire etc
to suddenly be affected by an extremely strong feeling
When she saw his face, she was seized by fear.
seize on/upon something
to suddenly become very interested in an idea, excuse, what someone says etc
His every remark is seized upon by the press.
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
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