Seize

Definition of Seize

v. t.1.To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
[imp. & p. p. Seized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Seizing.]
For by no means the high bank he could seize.
- Spenser.
Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands
The royalties and rights of banished Hereford?
- Shak.
2.To take possession of by force.
At last they seize
The scepter, and regard not David's sons.
- Milton.
3.To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul.
- Pope.
4.(law) To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
5.To fasten; to fix.
As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws
Upon the carcass of some beast too weak.
- Spenser.
6.To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
7.(Naut.) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
To be seized of
to have possession, or right of possession; as, A B was seized and possessed of the manor of Dale.
To seize on
to fall on and grasp; to take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly.
- Chapman.

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