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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

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

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

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
Ashley Montagu

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

What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.
Benjamin Franklin Fairless
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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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