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English definition of “seize”

seize

verb [T]
 
 
/siːz/
HOLD B2 to take hold of something quickly and firmly: She seized my arm and pulled me towards her.Having in your handsCapturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting
OPPORTUNITY B2 to do something quickly when you have the opportunity: You need to seize every opportunity.Opportunity Freedom to act
PLACE to take control of a place suddenly by using military force: Troops seized control in the early hours of the morning.Attacking and invading
DRUGS ETC to take away something that is illegal, for example drugs: Officials seized 2.7 tons of cocaine from the ship.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things
(Definition of seize from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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