Textual thesaurus for "seize"

(verb) grab

capture the attention or imagination of

This story will grab you; The movie seized my imagination

(verb) get hold of, clutch


Fear seized the prisoners; The patient was seized with unbearable pains; He was seized with a dreadful disease

(verb) 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

(verb) capture, conquer, appropriate

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

(verb) sequester, attach, impound, confiscate

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

(verb) take over, usurp, assume, 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