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Seize (verb active)

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To Seize. v.a. [saisir, French.]

  1. To take possession of; to grasp; to lay hold on; to fasten on.

    In her sad breast the prince's fortunes rowl,
    And hope and doubt alternate seize her soul.
    Pope.

  2. To take forcible possession of by law.

    An escheator of London had arrested a clothier that was outlawed, and seized his goods. Camden.

    It was judged by the highest kind of judgment, that he should be banished, and his whole estate confiscated and seized. Bacon.

  3. To make possessed.

    So th' one for wrong, the other strives for right:
    As when a griffin, seized of his prey,
    A dragon fierce encount'rith in his flight,
    Through wildest air making his idle way.
    Fa. Queen.

    So Pluto, seiz'd of Proserpine, convey'd
    To hell's tremenduous gloom th' affrighted maid,
    There grimly smil'd, pleas'd with the beauteous prize,
    Nor envy'd Jove his sunshine and his skies.
    Addis. Cato.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Camden, William (28) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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