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Another word for seize

  1. To take firmly with the hand and maintain a hold on

      1. A tight hold; a firm grasp:
      2. The pressure or strength of such a grasp:
      3. A manner of grasping and holding:
      1. To take hold of or seize firmly with the hand, the foot, another body part, or an instrument:
      2. To hold with the arms; embrace.
      3. To take hold of intellectually; comprehend.
      1. An iron shaft with claws at one end, usually thrown by a rope and used for grasping and holding, especially one for drawing and holding an enemy ship alongside.
      2. Any of various grasping devices having hinged tines or jaws that close around an object or load, used especially in lifting or dragging heavy items.
      3. The act of grappling.
      1. To take or grasp suddenly:
      2. To capture or restrain; arrest.
      3. To obtain or appropriate unscrupulously or forcibly:
      1. To grasp and hold tightly:
      2. To seize; snatch:
      3. To attempt to grasp or seize:
      1. To close tightly:
      2. To grasp or grip tightly:
      3. To clinch (a bolt, for example).
      1. A fastening, such as a hook or buckle, used to hold two or more objects or parts together.
      2. An embrace or hug.
      3. A grip or grasp of the hand.
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  2. To get hold of (something moving)

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  3. To lay claim to for oneself or as one's right

      1. To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority.
      2. To take over or occupy without right:
      3. To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.
      1. To grasp or grip:
      2. To capture physically; seize:
      3. To seize with authority or legal right:
      1. To take the place of or take precedence over:
      2. To take action to prevent (an event or other action) from happening; forestall:
      3. To take action to prevent (another) from acting.
      1. To seize for military or police use; confiscate.
      2. To take arbitrarily or by force:
      3. To force into military service.
      1. To take for granted; suppose:
      2. To take upon oneself (a duty or obligation):
      3. To undertake the duties of (an office):
      1. To take or claim for oneself without right; appropriate:
      2. To ascribe on behalf of another in an unwarranted manner:
      1. Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.
      2. To set apart for a specific use:
      3. To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission:
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  4. To have a sudden overwhelming effect on

      1. To grasp or grip:
      2. To capture physically; seize:
      3. To seize with authority or legal right:
      1. To hit sharply, as with a hand, fist, weapon, or implement:
      2. To inflict (a blow).
      3. To penetrate or pierce:
      1. To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement:
      2. To take hold of, especially forcibly or suddenly; grasp:
      3. To stop (oneself) from doing an action:
  5. To take into custody as a prisoner

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  6. To take quick and forcible possession of

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Another word for seize

  1. To grasp

  2. To take by force

  3. To comprehend

      1. To perceive directly; grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty.
      2. To regard as true beyond doubt:
      3. To have a practical understanding of, as through experience; be skilled in:
      1. To perceive with the eye:
      2. To detect by means analogous to use of the eye:
      3. To attend or view as a spectator:
      1. To become aware of (something) directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing:
      2. To cause or allow the mind to become aware of (a stimulus):
      3. To achieve understanding of; apprehend:
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Synonym Study

  • to snatch a purse
  • Snatch stresses an abrupt quickness and, sometimes, a surreptitiousness in seizing she snatched the letter from my hand
  • to grab credit
  • Grab implies a roughness or unscrupulousness in seizing the child grabbed all the candy
  • Clutch implies a tight or convulsive grasping of that which one is eager to take or keep hold of she clutched his hand in terror
  • Grasp implies holding firmly to grasp a rope, an idea, etc.
  • Take is the general word meaning to get hold of by or as by the hands to take a book, the opportunity, etc.
  • to seize power
  • To seize is to get hold of or get control of suddenly and forcibly he seized the gun from the robber