Definition - seize

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seize
  1. capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"
  2. affect; "Fear seized the prisoners"; "The patient was seized with unbearable pains"; "He was seized with a dreadful disease"
  3. 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"
  4. take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
  5. hook by a pull on the line; "strike a fish"
  6. 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"
  7. 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 artwor

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