Seize(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Seizing.] [OE. seisen, saisen, OF. seisir, saisir, F. saisir, of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. set. The meaning is properly, to set, put, place, hence, to put in possession of. See Set, v. t.] 1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
For by no means the high bank he could seize.Spenser.
Seek you to seize and gripe into your handsShak.
The royalties and rights of banished Hereford?
2. To take possession of by force.
At last they seizeMilton.
The scepter, and regard not David's sons.
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.
(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 clawsSpenser.
Upon the carcass of some beast too weak.
6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to
seize an idea.
(Naut.) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to
This word, by writers on law, is commonly written seise, in the phrase to be seised of (an estate), as also, in composition, disseise, disseisin.
To be seized of, to have possession, or right of possession; as, A B was
seized and possessed
of the manor of Dale. "Whom age might see seized of what youth made prize."
To seize on
To seize upon, to fall on and grasp; to take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly.
Syn. -- To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest; take; capture.
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