To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
- To grasp suddenly and forcibly; take or grab: seize a sword.
- To grasp with the mind; apprehend: seize an idea and develop it to the fullest extent.
- To possess oneself of (something): seize an opportunity.
- To have a sudden overwhelming effect on: a heinous crime that seized the minds and emotions of the populace.
- To overwhelm physically: a person who was seized with a terminal disease.
- To take into custody; capture.
- To take quick and forcible possession of; confiscate: seize a cache of illegal drugs.
- To put (one) into possession of something.
- To vest ownership of a feudal property in.
- Nautical To bind (a rope) to another, or to a spar, with turns of small line.
- To lay sudden or forcible hold of.
- To cohere or fuse with another part as a result of high pressure or temperature and restrict or prevent further motion or flow.
- To come to a halt: The talks seized up and were rescheduled.
- To exhibit symptoms of seizure activity, usually with convulsions.