One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘everything surrounding the base was commandeered by the army’
seize, take, take possession of, take away, requisition, appropriate, expropriate, sequestrate, sequester, confiscate, annex, take over, claim, lay claim to, pre-empt, secure
hijack, arrogate, arrogate to oneself, help oneself to, carry off, loot, grab
informal walk off with
distrain, attach, disseize
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