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English verb: seize

1. seize (contact) take hold of; grab

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsclutch, prehend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)get hold of, take

Narrower (hyponym)apprehend, arrest, capture, catch, catch, clasp, claw, clench, clinch, collar, collar, cop, get, grab, grab, grapple, grip, grip, nab, nab, nail, pick up, rack, snap, snatch, snatch up, take hold of

2. seize (contact) take or capture by force

SamplesThe terrorists seized the politicians.
The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)get hold of, take

Narrower (hyponym)abduct, commandeer, highjack, hijack, kidnap, nobble, pirate, raven, snatch, wrest

3. seize (possession) take possession of by force, as after an invasion

SamplesThe invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants.
The army seized the town.
The militia captured the castle.

Synonymsappropriate, capture, conquer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp

Narrower (hyponym)carry

4. seize (possession) take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

SamplesThe FBI seized the drugs.
The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment.
The police confiscated the stolen artwork.

Synonymsattach, confiscate, impound, sequester

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)condemn, distrain, garnish, garnishee

Verb groupsequester

5. seize (possession) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymsarrogate, assume, take over, usurp

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)annex, appropriate, capture, conquer, hijack, preoccupy, raid, seize

6. seize (contact) hook by a pull on the line

SamplesStrike a fish.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hook

7. seize (cognition) affect

SamplesFear seized the prisoners.
The patient was seized with unbearable pains.
He was seized with a dreadful disease.

Synonymsclutch, get hold of

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm

8. seize (cognition) capture the attention or imagination of

SamplesThis story will grab you.
The movie seized my imagination.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fascinate, intrigue

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