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Definition of Seize


  1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
  2. To take possession of by force.
  3. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
  4. To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods.
  5. To fasten; to fix.
  6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea.
  7. To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.

Seize Quotations

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
Orison Swett Marden

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
Theodore Roosevelt

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.
Julius Caesar
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Seize Translations

seize in Afrikaans is gryp
seize in Danish is gribe
seize in Dutch is grijpen, bemachtigen, aangrijpen
seize in German is beschlagnahmen, packen, ergreifen
seize in Italian is confiscare, prendere, impaccare, acchiappare
seize in Latin is invado, intertio, occupo, comprehendo, carpo
seize in Portuguese is apreenda
seize in Spanish is empu ar, agarrar, agarrar

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