Definition of seizure in English:



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

    ‘the seizure of the Assembly building’
    ‘another seizure of power by the military’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A smaller wave of immigration accompanied Henry I's seizure and consolidation of power.’
    • ‘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 five key political parties called the 48-hour strike Tuesday to protest the king's seizure of executive powers.’
    • ‘Prior to their seizure of power, the army leaders dismissed Hammond.’
    • ‘The seizure of power and the creation of alternative institutions became at once a possibility and a necessity.’
    • ‘Force protection forces must flow in early to replace seizure of ground forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He engineered the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 along with Lenin.’
    • ‘The parties are agitating against the king's seizure of executive powers after dismissing an elected prime minister in October 2002.’
    capture, occupation, takeover, overrunning, annexation, annexing, invasion, conquering, subjugation, subjection, colonization
    kidnapping, kidnap, abduction, hostage-taking
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    1. 1.1The action of confiscating or impounding property by warrant of legal right.
      • ‘One man gains only at the expense of another, by seizure of the latter's property.’
      • ‘The government has essentially placed the music industry in a siege, threatening the seizure of property without cooperation.’
      • ‘She warned that police would use their power of seizure if they found under-age drinkers with alcohol brought from home.’
      • ‘No documentation was given to me setting out the grounds for the search and seizure of my property which then followed.’
      • ‘In my view, this falls within the exception permitting warrantless seizure in exigent circumstances.’
      • ‘The Coast Guard is allowed to perform search and seizure without warrants, and they sometimes do tear boats to shreds, looking for cocaine.’
      • ‘Municipalities could condemn an entire area if more than half of the properties within it are eligible for seizure.’
      • ‘It increases powers of investigation, powers of search, and powers of seizure.’
      • ‘Neither direct nor indirect seizure is enough to claim it as property.’
      • ‘At present a strategic method of further seizure of their land and property is lucid and visible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It will create powers of search and seizure without warrant for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.’
      • ‘The key to their capture of most of the world's economy is first their seizure of all outstanding oil properties in the world.’
      • ‘There are many other ways of obtaining it, including conquest, seizure and tribute.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those who remained behind during the war protected the family property from seizure and confiscation.’
      • ‘Seizures of property have fallen 98 percent during the same period.’
      • ‘For years, the municipality warned that property seizures and tax auctions would follow.’
      • ‘It's the second-largest seizure of heroin this year.’
      • ‘If real, it is believed the raids will be the biggest seizure of criminal assets in British legal history.’
      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 most dramatic clinical presentation is generalized convulsive seizures.’
    • ‘If you have ever had a seizure or epilepsy, this may not be the best choice of medication for you.’
    • ‘A febrile seizure is triggered by a high fever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Children 12-18 months old are at greatest risk of having a febrile seizure.’
    • ‘This can lead to convulsions, seizures and permanent brain damage in some.’
    • ‘The rigorous high-fat, low-carb diet used to treat epileptic seizures in children is probably safe in the short term.’
    • ‘We excluded provoked seizures, acute symptomatic seizures, and febrile convulsions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What are the true risk factors for having an accident if you've had a history of epileptic seizures?’
    • ‘A Canadian court heard how an epileptic driver had a seizure while driving and killed a cyclist.’
    • ‘Nine years later, he developed partial complex seizures that were extremely difficult to control.’
    • ‘Overall about half the participants had a seizure during follow-up.’
    • ‘The diagnosis of partial epileptic seizures is often challenging.’
    • ‘The more serious problems associated with its abuse included epileptic seizures or heart attacks.’
    • ‘It usually begins in late childhood and the affected child may also suffer from absence attacks or generalised seizures.’
    • ‘Neither carbamazepine nor phenytoin are effective in preventing recurrent febrile seizures.’
    • ‘If this is a simple febrile seizure, what is the likelihood of future febrile seizures, epilepsy, or brain damage?’
    • ‘She has complex partial seizures as opposed to grand mal.’
    convulsion, spasm, paroxysm, collapse, sudden illness, attack, fit, bout
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