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"seizure" in British English

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seizurenoun

uk   /ˈsiː.ʒər/  us   /ˈsiː.ʒɚ/
  • seizure noun (MEDICAL)

[C] a very ​suddenattack of an ​illness in which someone ​becomesunconscious or ​developsviolentmovements: an ​epileptic seizure
[C] old use a ​suddenfailure of the ​heart: His ​auntdied of a seizure.figurative humorous When I told her how much it ​cost she ​nearly had a seizure (= she was very ​shocked).
(Definition of seizure from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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seizurenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈsi·ʒər/
the ​act of taking ​hold or ​possession of something: [U] Violators of the ​fishing regulations ​face seizure of the boat's ​catch.
A seizure is also a ​medicalcondition that can ​cause you to ​losecontrol of ​yourmuscles and, often, ​cause you to ​becomeunconscious: [C] The ​catsuffered several seizures after ​eating some ​poison.
(Definition of seizure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"seizure" in Business English

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seizurenoun

uk   us   /ˈsiːʒər/ LAW
[C or U] the ​act of taking ​possession of ​property or ​assets because they are ​illegal, or because the ​ownerowesmoney: the seizure of sth More severe ​penalties, ​including the seizure of ​assets will be ​introduced for the ​non-payment of ​taxes. In 2005, there were about 70 seizures of ​goodsworth $20.6 million. asset/​land/​property seizure
[C] property or ​assets that are taken away because they are ​illegal, or because the ​ownerowesmoney: Border seizures were ​worth $538.8 million in 2010.
(Definition of seizure from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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