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Seize

Seize appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • The six men have power to seize the ship quickly. (39 letters)
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Seize appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "Delia, will a foe not seize erbium eyes on a tap in a cross, or can I pat a nosey emu, I, breeziest one of all?" I wailed.
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Seize is sometimes a misspelling of cease or seized.

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Definition of the verb seize

What does seize mean as a doing word?

Seize is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: seized | seizing | seizes

  1. take hold of; grab
  2. take or capture by force
  3. take possession of by force, as after an invasion
  4. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
    • example: The FBI seized the drugs
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of seize: attach / confiscate / impound / sequester
    • more generic word: take = take into one's possession
    • more specific words:
      • condemn = appropriate (property) for public use
      • garnishee / garnish = take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
      • distrain = confiscate by distress
  5. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
  6. hook by a pull on the line
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: hook = catch with a hook
  7. affect
  8. capture the attention or imagination of
    • example: The movie seized my imagination
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of seize: grab
    • more generic words: fascinate / intrigue = cause to be interested or curious

Alternative definition of the verb seize

verb

  1. [transitive] to deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture
  2. [transitive] to take advantage of (an opportunity or circumstance)
  3. [transitive] to take possession of (by force, law etc.)
  4. [transitive] to have a sudden and powerful effect upon
  5. [transitive, nautical] to bind, lash or make fast, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line
  6. [transitive, obsolete] to fasten, fix
  7. [intransitive] to lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ [term, on, lang=en] or [term, upon, lang=en])
  8. [intransitive] to have a seizure
  9. [intransitive] to bind or lock in position immovably; see also 'seize up'

Group

Seize are a British electronic band.

Music

  1. "Seize" is a musical EP of Flechette.
  2. "Seize" is a musical album of Fourth Rotor.
    • released in (13 years ago)

Phrases with Seize

Phrases starting with the word Seize:

  1. seize on
  2. Seize Up
  3. seize upon
  4. Seize the Day
  5. seize with teeth

Phrase ending with the word Seize:

  1. to seize

Other phrases containing the word Seize:

  1. to seize on
  2. To Seize Upon

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Seize

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Google previewYoung Children Becoming Curriculum (2013)

Deleuze, Te Whāriki and Curricular Understandings by Marg Sellers

However, seize also means to understand an idea or concept especially quickly and this notion of speed, of momentarily grasping or glimpsing, is embodied in the text throughout, at times overwhelmingly so in the writing. Every part and ...

Google previewChild of the Half Millennium (2001)

What it Means and how it Feels to be Mexican American

The ethnic identity we should seize is that which recognizes that all of us as Mexican Americans share something we have inherited in common from a people who sacrificed, who dreamed, who built, who faced similar obstacles and shared ...

Google previewEugenics and Other Evils (2000)

An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State by Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Michael Wiley Perry

The point to seize is that among the ignorant this convention or custom still exists. Father and the family are the foundations of thought; the ...

Google previewA Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder (2012)

by Brigitte Peucker

To be fair: the model on which both Silverman and Shaviro seize is that of dominant masculinity – a cluster of oppressive patriarchal ...

Google previewThe Muses (1996)

by Jean-Luc Nancy

The moment one must seize is the one in which a plastic plenitude responds to the birth of a social type."2 But just as our world is no longer cosmic, our polis is perhaps no longer political in the sense suggested by these lines. To the ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

seize is a verb meaning to capture, to take possession of, or to grab. season We are all acquainted with the seasons of the year, and many of us have our personal favourite, be it the flowering of spring or the dying tinge of autumn. Not that ...

Google previewThe North British Review (1867)

The next thing to seize is the method which science must use in order to find out how moral systems come into being. Two ways are open. Looking into the constitution of our nature, science may inquire what moral opinions it must bring forth, ...

Google previewThe British Review ... (1867)

The next thing to seize is the method which science must use in order to find out how moral systems come into being. Two ways are open. Looking into the constitution of our nature, science may inquire what moral opinions it must bring forth, ...

Google previewRobert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English (2011)

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with commentary on lexicographers and linguists by Robert Hartwell Fiske

seize Misused for cease. ° Farming the way ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the American Revolution (2009)

by Terry M. Mays

1 September: British seize gunpowder stored in Charleston. 5 September: First Continental Congress convenes. 20 October: Congress approves the Continental Association. 26 October: First Continental Congress adjourns. 26 October: ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

*To SEIZE. v. a. staisir ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To SEIZE, -v.a. [saisir ...

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Usage statistics about seize

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb seize:

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Quotes about Seize

He, who does not seize opportunity today, will be unable to seize tomorrow's opportunity.
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Scrabble value of S1E1I1Z10E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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