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Synonyms for seize
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seize, prehend, clutch(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    clutch, get hold of, arrogate, sequester, capture, appropriate, usurp, attach, prehend, hold tight, impound, assume, hold close, grab, confiscate, take over, conquer, cling to

  2. seize(verb)

    take or capture by force

    "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"

    Synonyms:
    take over, arrogate, usurp, confiscate, attach, conquer, impound, grab, sequester, assume, appropriate, get hold of, prehend, capture, clutch

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

    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"

    Synonyms:
    usurp, capture, fascinate, attach, earmark, sequester, conquer, beguile, impound, get, allow, captivate, enamour, suppress, trance, confiscate, get hold of, assume, prehend, enamor, take over, becharm, reserve, arrogate, subdue, curb, stamp down, set aside, clutch, entrance, inhibit, charm, appropriate, catch, grab, enchant, bewitch

  4. impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seize(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    clutch, get hold of, tie, set apart, arrogate, sequester, capture, withdraw, attach, prehend, seclude, isolate, impound, assume, pound, keep apart, conquer, usurp, bind, grab, sequestrate, confiscate, take over, appropriate, bond

  5. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    usurp, attach, sequester, capture, simulate, acquire, absorb, impound, don, put on, take, take for granted, lay claim, adopt, strike, borrow, get hold of, assume, prehend, relieve, take over, assign, repeat, claim, presume, arrogate, confiscate, get into, sham, clutch, grab, buy up, appropriate, accept, take on, feign, wear, conquer, buy out, take up, bear

  6. seize(verb)

    hook by a pull on the line

    "strike a fish"

    Synonyms:
    take over, arrogate, usurp, confiscate, attach, conquer, impound, grab, sequester, assume, appropriate, get hold of, prehend, capture, clutch

  7. seize, clutch, get hold of(verb)

    affect

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

    Synonyms:
    clutch, get hold of, get through, arrogate, sequester, capture, appropriate, usurp, attach, prehend, hold tight, take, impound, assume, hold close, grab, confiscate, take over, conquer, reach, contact, cling to

  8. grab, seize(verb)

    capture the attention or imagination of

    "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"

    Synonyms:
    clutch, get hold of, arrogate, sequester, capture, snap up, attach, prehend, take hold of, impound, assume, catch, conquer, snaffle, usurp, grab, confiscate, take over, appropriate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. seize

    The legal term arrest carries always the implication of a legal offense; this is true even of arresting for debt. But one may be detained by process of law when no offense is alleged against him, as in the case of a witness who is held in a house of detention till a case comes to trial. One may be restrained of his liberty without arrest, as in an insane asylum; an individual or corporation may be restrained by injunction from selling certain property. In case of an arrest, an officer may secure his prisoner by fetters, by a locked door, or other means effectually to prevent escape. Capture is commonly used of seizure by armed force; as, to capture a ship, a fort, etc. Compare HINDER; OBSTRUCT.

    Synonyms:
    apprehend, arrest, capture, catch, detain, hold, make prisoner, restrain, secure, stop, take into custody, take prisoner

    Antonyms:
    discharge, dismiss, free, liberate, release, set free

    Preposition:
    Arrested for crime, on suspicion, by the sheriff; on, upon, or by virtue of a warrant; on final process; in execution.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. seize

    Synonyms:
    catch, grasp, clutch, snatch, apprehend, arrest, hold, grip, grapple, hook, take, capture

    Antonyms:
    loose, dismiss, liberate, abandon, drop, unhand, unhook, unfasten

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. seize(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    gripe, grasp, snatch, clutch, catch, capture, grapple, NAB, lay hold on, lay hold of, take possession of, fasten upon, lay hands on, take hold of (forcibly and suddenly)

  2. seize(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    come upon suddenly (as attacks of disease)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. seize(v)

    Synonyms:
    apprehend, snatch, clutch, catch, gripe, grasp, grapple, arrest, confiscate, usurp, appropriate, distrain, distress

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "seize":

    grasp, capture, confiscate, seizes, take, leverage, exploit, seizing, capturing, grab

How to pronounce seize?

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How to use seize in a sentence?

  1. Frederic Bruno:

    While he was being legally detained, he chose to resist, fight officers and to seize control of an officer's firearm.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I often hear people debating about the glass half-full or half-empty, which makes me wonder whether they would ever notice a full pitcher sitting right next to that half-empty or half-full glass. With total attention focused on half-empty or half-full glass, it's obviously too difficult for them to notice anything else. In real world, Life offers you millions of wonderful opportunities besides what you already have - sometimes even bigger and better than you had ever thought before....just like a full pitcher around the corner. In my view, it's savvy to grab the full pitcher that can fill up the glass several times over, instead of getting worried up about half-full or half-empty glass held in your hand. Be smart to find that full pitcher around, seize it as quickly as you can, and then enjoy the party!

  3. AiR Atman in Ravi:

    Carpe Diem means 'Seize the Day'! Make the BEST of it in Every way! Don't lose a moment, come what may! Forget about tomorrow, Just Live Today!

  4. President Barack Obama:

    The moment is now for us to make these changes, we have a great opportunity coming out of some great conflict and tragedy to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations so that everybody feels safer and our law enforcement officers feel -- rather than being embattled -- feel fully supported. We need to seize that opportunity.

  5. Peyton Reed:

    Jessica Bendinger had women who were having scenes together and talking about things other than guys, we were trying to seize the moment of this idea that young women were kind of sick and tired of being minimized.


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