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’
    • ‘The five key political parties called the 48-hour strike Tuesday to protest the king's seizure of executive powers.’
    • ‘A smaller wave of immigration accompanied Henry I's seizure and consolidation of power.’
    • ‘He criticized the Bolsheviks' seizure of power in 1917 but was later reconciled with the regime.’
    • ‘Force protection forces must flow in early to replace seizure of ground forces.’
    • ‘The parties are agitating against the king's seizure of executive powers after dismissing an elected prime minister in October 2002.’
    • ‘The seizure of power and the creation of alternative institutions became at once a possibility and a necessity.’
    • ‘Prior to their seizure of power, the army leaders dismissed Hammond.’
    • ‘He engineered the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 along with Lenin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For four hundred years, science and technology have exploited their seizure of power over nature.’
    • ‘Peaceful reforms eventually began, but his movement was brought to a rude and abrupt stop by the military's seizure of power in 1962.’
    • ‘His seizure of power in 1969 was a ‘revolution’ rather than a coup d'état.’
    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.
      • ‘It will create powers of search and seizure without warrant for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.’
      • ‘Seizures of property have fallen 98 percent during the same period.’
      • ‘The government has essentially placed the music industry in a siege, threatening the seizure of property without cooperation.’
      • ‘In my view, this falls within the exception permitting warrantless seizure in exigent circumstances.’
      • ‘Those who remained behind during the war protected the family property from seizure and confiscation.’
      • ‘Municipalities could condemn an entire area if more than half of the properties within it are eligible for seizure.’
      • ‘If real, it is believed the raids will be the biggest seizure of criminal assets in British legal history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are many other ways of obtaining it, including conquest, seizure and tribute.’
      • ‘No documentation was given to me setting out the grounds for the search and seizure of my property which then followed.’
      • ‘One man gains only at the expense of another, by seizure of the latter's property.’
      • ‘It increases powers of investigation, powers of search, and powers of seizure.’
      • ‘For years, the municipality warned that property seizures and tax auctions would follow.’
      • ‘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's the second-largest seizure of heroin this year.’
      • ‘Neither direct nor indirect seizure is enough to claim it as property.’
      • ‘She warned that police would use their power of seizure if they found under-age drinkers with alcohol brought from home.’
      • ‘The Coast Guard is allowed to perform search and seizure without warrants, and they sometimes do tear boats to shreds, looking for cocaine.’
      • ‘At present a strategic method of further seizure of their land and property is lucid and visible.’
      • ‘The key to their capture of most of the world's economy is first their seizure of all outstanding oil properties in the world.’
      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’
    • ‘A febrile seizure is triggered by a high fever.’
    • ‘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 rigorous high-fat, low-carb diet used to treat epileptic seizures in children is probably safe in the short term.’
    • ‘If this is a simple febrile seizure, what is the likelihood of future febrile seizures, epilepsy, or brain damage?’
    • ‘Neither carbamazepine nor phenytoin are effective in preventing recurrent febrile seizures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The diagnosis of partial epileptic seizures is often challenging.’
    • ‘Thus, this genome study is focused upon dogs exhibiting generalized epileptic seizures.’
    • ‘Nine years later, he developed partial complex seizures that were extremely difficult to control.’
    • ‘If you have ever had a seizure or epilepsy, this may not be the best choice of medication for you.’
    • ‘I know now he could have had a seizure in the water and I would have been totally unprepared for it.’
    • ‘Children 12-18 months old are at greatest risk of having a febrile seizure.’
    • ‘We excluded provoked seizures, acute symptomatic seizures, and febrile convulsions.’
    • ‘She has complex partial seizures as opposed to grand mal.’
    • ‘A Canadian court heard how an epileptic driver had a seizure while driving and killed a cyclist.’
    • ‘The most dramatic clinical presentation is generalized convulsive seizures.’
    • ‘This can lead to convulsions, seizures and permanent brain damage in some.’
    • ‘Overall about half the participants had a seizure during follow-up.’
    • ‘The more serious problems associated with its abuse included epileptic seizures or heart attacks.’
    convulsion, spasm, paroxysm, collapse, sudden illness, attack, fit, bout
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