Definition of seizure in English:



  • 1mass noun The action of capturing someone or something using force.

    ‘the seizure of the Assembly building’
    ‘the Nazi seizure of power’
    • ‘A smaller wave of immigration accompanied Henry I's seizure and consolidation of power.’
    • ‘Force protection forces must flow in early to replace seizure of ground forces.’
    • ‘Peaceful reforms eventually began, but his movement was brought to a rude and abrupt stop by the military's seizure of power in 1962.’
    • ‘The seizure of power and the creation of alternative institutions became at once a possibility and a necessity.’
    • ‘He criticized the Bolsheviks' seizure of power in 1917 but was later reconciled with the regime.’
    • ‘For four hundred years, science and technology have exploited their seizure of power over nature.’
    • ‘Prior to their seizure of power, the army leaders dismissed Hammond.’
    • ‘After the assassination of Julius Caesar and seizure of power by the Second Triumvirate, Brutus and Cassius were left commanding republican forces in the east.’
    • ‘His seizure of power in 1969 was a ‘revolution’ rather than a coup d'état.’
    • ‘The parties are agitating against the king's seizure of executive powers after dismissing an elected prime minister in October 2002.’
    • ‘He engineered the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 along with Lenin.’
    • ‘The five key political parties called the 48-hour strike Tuesday to protest the king's seizure of executive powers.’
    capture, occupation, takeover, overrunning, annexation, annexing, invasion, conquering, subjugation, subjection, colonization
    kidnapping, kidnap, abduction, hostage-taking
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    1. 1.1 The action of confiscating or impounding property by warrant of legal right.
      ‘the seizure of all his assets’
      ‘seizures of heroin’
      • ‘In my view, this falls within the exception permitting warrantless seizure in exigent circumstances.’
      • ‘Neither direct nor indirect seizure is enough to claim it as property.’
      • ‘For years, the municipality warned that property seizures and tax auctions would follow.’
      • ‘The government has essentially placed the music industry in a siege, threatening the seizure of property without cooperation.’
      • ‘The bill will also enable the police to use their powers of search and seizure to investigate immediately the sources of images discovered on the Internet.’
      • ‘The key to their capture of most of the world's economy is first their seizure of all outstanding oil properties in the world.’
      • ‘It will create powers of search and seizure without warrant for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.’
      • ‘No documentation was given to me setting out the grounds for the search and seizure of my property which then followed.’
      • ‘It increases powers of investigation, powers of search, and powers of seizure.’
      • ‘She warned that police would use their power of seizure if they found under-age drinkers with alcohol brought from home.’
      • ‘There are many other ways of obtaining it, including conquest, seizure and tribute.’
      • ‘Seizures of property have fallen 98 percent during the same period.’
      • ‘Those who remained behind during the war protected the family property from seizure and confiscation.’
      • ‘One man gains only at the expense of another, by seizure of the latter's property.’
      • ‘If real, it is believed the raids will be the biggest seizure of criminal assets in British legal history.’
      • ‘At present a strategic method of further seizure of their land and property is lucid and visible.’
      • ‘Municipalities could condemn an entire area if more than half of the properties within it are eligible for seizure.’
      • ‘It's the second-largest seizure of heroin this year.’
      • ‘Examples include the division of inherited property, the division of matrimonial estates, and in particular the seizure and sale of property in the course of execution.’
      • ‘The Coast Guard is allowed to perform search and seizure without warrants, and they sometimes do tear boats to shreds, looking for cocaine.’
      confiscation, impounding, commandeering, requisitioning, appropriation, expropriation, sequestration
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  • 2A sudden attack of illness, especially a stroke or an epileptic fit.

    ‘the patient had a seizure’
    • ‘The rigorous high-fat, low-carb diet used to treat epileptic seizures in children is probably safe in the short term.’
    • ‘Nine years later, he developed partial complex seizures that were extremely difficult to control.’
    • ‘If this is a simple febrile seizure, what is the likelihood of future febrile seizures, epilepsy, or brain damage?’
    • ‘Overall about half the participants had a seizure during follow-up.’
    • ‘What are the true risk factors for having an accident if you've had a history of epileptic seizures?’
    • ‘It usually begins in late childhood and the affected child may also suffer from absence attacks or generalised seizures.’
    • ‘The diagnosis of partial epileptic seizures is often challenging.’
    • ‘A febrile seizure is triggered by a high fever.’
    • ‘The more serious problems associated with its abuse included epileptic seizures or heart attacks.’
    • ‘A Canadian court heard how an epileptic driver had a seizure while driving and killed a cyclist.’
    • ‘I know now he could have had a seizure in the water and I would have been totally unprepared for it.’
    • ‘Thus, this genome study is focused upon dogs exhibiting generalized epileptic seizures.’
    • ‘This can lead to convulsions, seizures and permanent brain damage in some.’
    • ‘She has complex partial seizures as opposed to grand mal.’
    • ‘Neither carbamazepine nor phenytoin are effective in preventing recurrent febrile seizures.’
    • ‘We excluded provoked seizures, acute symptomatic seizures, and febrile convulsions.’
    • ‘The most dramatic clinical presentation is generalized convulsive seizures.’
    • ‘Children 12-18 months old are at greatest risk of having a febrile seizure.’
    • ‘If you have ever had a seizure or epilepsy, this may not be the best choice of medication for you.’
    • ‘If you or someone you are with has an epileptic seizure and you are unsure about what you should do, phone for an ambulance immediately.’
    convulsion, spasm, paroxysm, collapse, sudden illness, attack, fit, bout
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