Synonyms of seize
- 1. seize, prehend, clutch, take, get hold of
- usage: take hold of; grab; "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. seize, take, get hold of
- usage: take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
- 3. appropriate, capture, seize, conquer, assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate
- usage: 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"
- 4. impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seize, take
- usage: take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
- 5. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate, take
- usage: 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"
- 6. seize, hook
- usage: hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish"
- 7. seize, clutch, get hold of, overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake
- usage: affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
- 8. grab, seize, intrigue, fascinate
- usage: capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"
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Definition and meaning of seize (Dictionary)