- 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.]
- To take possession of by force."At last they seize The scepter, and regard not David's sons." [Milton.]
- 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.]
- [law] To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
- To fasten; to fix.(Obs)"As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws Upon the carcass of some beast too weak." [Spenser.]
- To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
- [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.)