1. Take hold of;
    Grab (synset 201215136)
    "The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter"; "She clutched her purse"; "The mother seized her child by the arm"; "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"
  2. Take or capture by force (synset 201216178)
    "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
  3. Take possession of by force, as after an invasion (synset 202277394)
    "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"
  4. Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority (synset 202278138)
    "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
  5. Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force;
    Take as one's right or possession (synset 202279327)
    "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
  6. Hook by a pull on the line (synset 201368542)
    "strike a fish"
  7. Affect (synset 200739661)
    "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
  8. Capture the attention or imagination of (synset 200739481)
    "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"

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