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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Seize
  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 hands The royalties and rights of banished Hereford?" [Shak.]
  2. To take possession of by force."At last they seize The scepter, and regard not David's sons." [Milton.]
  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.]
  4. [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.(Obs)"As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws Upon the carcass of some beast too weak." [Spenser.]
  6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
  7. [Naut] To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
    synonyms: To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest; take; capture.

Note: ☞ This word, by writers on law, is commonly written seise, in the phrase to be seised ofan estate), as also, in composition, disseise disseisin.

Etymology: 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.)

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  1. Capture the attention or imagination of ("The movie seized my imagination")
  2. Affect ("Fear seized the prisoners", "The patient was seized with unbearable pains", and "He was seized with a dreadful disease")
  3. Take hold of; grab ("The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter", "The mother seized her child by the arm", and "Birds of prey often seize small mammals")
  4. Take or capture by force ("The terrorists seized the politicians" and "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages")
  5. Hook by a pull on the line
  6. Take possession of by force, as after an invasion ("the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants" and "The army seized the town")
  7. Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority ("The FBI seized the drugs")
  8. Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession ("She seized control of the throne after her husband died")

Earlier seise, from Middle English seisen, sesen, saisen, from Old French seisir (“to take possession of; invest (person, court)”), from Medieval Latin sacīre (“to lay claim to, appropriate”) (8th century) in the phrase ad propriam sacire, from Old Low Frankish *sakjan (“to sue, bring legal action”), from Proto-Germanic *sakjaną, *sakōną (compare Old English sacian (“to strive, brawl”)), from Proto-Germanic *sakaną (compare Old Saxon sakan (“to accuse”), Old High German sahhan (“to bicker, quarrel, rebuke”), Old English sacan 'to quarrel, claim by law, accuse'). See sake.

seize was also found in the following language(s): French and Norman

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Past life for Seize born May 6, 1991

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern China approximately on 1700. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.