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Overview of verb seize

The verb seize has 8 senses? (first 4 from tagged texts)
1. (13) seize, prehend, clutch

(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. (5) seize

(take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages")

3. (4) appropriate, capture, seize, conquer

(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. (3) impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seize

(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

(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 by a pull on the line; "strike a fish")

7. seize, clutch, get hold of

(affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease")

8. grab, seize

(capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination")

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