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English definition of “seize”

seize

verb [T]    /siz/
to take something quickly and hold it: He seized her arm to lead her through the crowd . fig. While she was distracted , I seized the opportunity to take a cookie . Seize can also mean to take by force : Rebel forces seized control of six towns . If police or other officials seize something, they take possession of it by legal authority : The goods that were seized had been hidden in a shipment of paint .
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