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seizeverb [T]

 us   /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 ​legalauthority: The ​goods that were seized had been ​hidden in a ​shipment of ​paint.
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seizeverb

uk   /siːz/  us   /siːz/
B2 [T] to take something ​quickly and ​keep or ​hold it: I seized his ​arm and made him ​turn to ​look at me. He seized the chance/​opportunity of a ​freeflight with both ​hands (= with ​eagerness or ​enthusiasm).
C2 [T] to take using ​suddenforce: The ​rebels have seized ten ​soldiers to use as ​hostages. Political ​instabilityhelped the ​army to seize power. Troops ​yesterday seized control of the ​broadcastingstation.
[T] If the ​police or other ​officials seize something, they take ​possession of it with ​legalauthority: Customs ​officers at Heathrow have seized 60 ​kilos of ​heroin.
[usually passive] If a ​strongemotion or ​pain seizes you, you ​feel it ​suddenly: I was ​suddenly seized by/with a ​feeling of ​greatinsecurity and ​loneliness.

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seizeverb [T]

uk   us   /siːz/
LAW if the ​police or ​government seizes ​property or ​assets, they take ​possession of them because they are ​illegal, or because the ​ownerowesmoney: Customsagents last ​year seized $14 million in ​counterfeitelectronicsgoods at the nation's ​ports. seize ​assets/​property
US LAW, GOVERNMENT if the ​government or other ​officialauthority seizes a ​company, they ​stop it from ​trading because of ​illegalactivity or ​debts: The ​government has threatened to seize any ​business that does not ​sellgoods at the ​advertisedprice.
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 ​shareholderstried 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 ​globalmarketshare.
(Definition of seize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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