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Definition 1: capture the attention or imagination of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This story will grab you
  • The movie seized my imagination

Synonyms for seize in the sense of this definition

(seize is a kind of ...) cause to be interested or curious

Definition 2: affect - [verb of cognition]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Fear seized the prisoners
  • The patient was seized with unbearable pains
  • He was seized with a dreadful disease

Synonyms for seize in the sense of this definition

(seize is a kind of ...) overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Definition 3: take hold of; grab - [verb of contact]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for seize in the sense of this definition

(seize is a kind of ...) get into one's hands, take physically

"Take a cookie!" "Can you take this bag, please"

(... is a kind of seize ) seize suddenly

(... is a kind of seize ) hold in a tight grasp

"clench a steering wheel"

(... is a kind of seize ) to grasp hastily or eagerly

"Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"

(... is a kind of seize ) take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

"Catch the ball!" "Grab the elevator door!"

(... is a kind of seize ) take or grasp suddenly

"She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room"

(... is a kind of seize ) hold fast or firmly

"He gripped the steering wheel"

(... is a kind of seize ) grasp firmly

"The child clasped my hands"

(... is a kind of seize ) seize by the neck or collar

(... is a kind of seize ) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

"We finally got the suspect" "Did you catch the thief?"

(... is a kind of seize ) take into custody

"the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

(... is a kind of seize ) clutch as if in panic

"She clawed the doorknob"

(... is a kind of seize ) seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block

(... is a kind of seize ) to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

"the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"

Definition 4: take or capture by force - [verb of contact]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The terrorists seized the politicians
  • The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages

(seize is a kind of ...) get into one's hands, take physically

"Take a cookie!" "Can you take this bag, please"

(... is a kind of seize ) obtain or seize by violence

(... is a kind of seize ) obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically

"wrest the knife from his hands" "wrest a meaning from the old text" "wrest power from the old government"

(... is a kind of seize ) take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

"The industrialist's son was kidnapped"

(... is a kind of seize ) take arbitrarily or by force

"The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"

Definition 5: hook by a pull on the line - [verb of contact]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strike a fish

(seize is a kind of ...) catch with a hook

"hook a fish"

Definition 6: take possession of by force, as after an invasion - [verb of possession]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants
  • The army seized the town
  • The militia captured the castle

Synonyms for seize in the sense of this definition

(seize is a kind of ...) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

"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"

(... is a kind of seize ) capture after a fight

"The troops carried the town after a brief fight"

Definition 7: take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority - [verb of possession]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The FBI seized the drugs
  • The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment
  • The police confiscated the stolen artwork

Synonyms for seize in the sense of this definition

(seize is a kind of ...) take into one's possession

"We are taking an orphan from Romania" "I'll take three salmon steaks"

(... is a kind of seize ) appropriate (property) for public use

"the county condemned the land to build a highway"

(... is a kind of seize ) take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support

"His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt"

(... is a kind of seize ) confiscate by distress

(seize has a similar meaning as ...) requisition forcibly, as of enemy property

"the estate was sequestered"

Definition 8: seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession - [verb of possession]

Samples where seize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for seize in the sense of this definition

(seize is a kind of ...) take by force

"Hitler took the Baltic Republics" "The army took the fort on the hill"

(... is a kind of seize ) take (territory) as if by conquest

"Hitler annexed Lithuania"

(... is a kind of seize ) take possession of by force, as after an invasion

"the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants" "The army seized the town" "The militia captured the castle"

(... is a kind of seize ) occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance

"the army preoccupied the hills"

(... is a kind of seize ) seize control of

"they hijacked the judicial process"

(... is a kind of seize ) take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock

"T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies"

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