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English definition of “seize”

seize

verb [T]     /siːz/
LAW if the police or government seizes property or assets , they take possession of them because they are illegal , or because the owner owes money : Customs agents last year seized $14 million in counterfeit electronics goods at the nation's ports . seize assets / property
US LAW, GOVERNMENT if the government or other official authority seizes a company , they stop it from trading because of illegal activity or debts : The government has threatened to seize any business that does not sell goods at the advertised price .
to take advantage of something that is available : seize a challenge / opportunity A Malaysian tycoon seized the chance to bid for the company , and won . By having a contract already prepared , you may be able to seize the initiative in negotiations .
to take control of something, especially when others are trying to stop you: seize control/power Disgruntled shareholders tried to oust the board and seize control of the company . In finance , telecoms , media , and technology , there is thought to be a rare opportunity to seize global market share .
(Definition of seize verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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