The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Seize \Seize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seized; p. pr. & vb. n.
Seizing.] [OE. seisen, saisen, OF. seisir, saisir, F.
saisir, of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. set. The meaning
is properly, to set, put, place, hence, to put in possession
of. See Set, v. t.]
1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or
grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
For by no means the high bank he could seize.
Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands
The royalties and rights of banished Hereford?
2. To take possession of by force.
At last they seize
The scepter, and regard not David's sons. --Milton.
3. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon
suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul. --Pope.
4. (law) To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or
other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's
5. To fasten; to fix. [Obs.]
As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws
Upon the carcass of some beast too weak. --Spenser.
6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly;
as, to seize an idea.
7. (Naut.) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small
stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
Note: This word, by writers on law, is commonly written
seise, in the phrase to be seised of (an estate), as
also, in composition, disseise, disseisin.
To be seized of, to have possession, or right of
possession; as, A B was seized and possessed of the manor
of Dale. "Whom age might see seized of what youth made
To seize on or To seize upon, to fall on and grasp; to
take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly.
Syn: To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest;