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1‘a protester seized the microphone’
grab, grasp, snatch, seize hold of, grab hold of, take hold of, lay hold of, lay hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's hands on, take a grip of, grip, clutch, take, pluck
let go of
2‘army rebels seized an air force base’
capture, take, overrun, annex, occupy, take possession of, conquer, take over, subjugate, subject, colonize
relinquish, retreat from, liberate
3‘the drugs were seized by customs officers at Kennedy Airport’
confiscate, impound, commandeer, requisition, appropriate, expropriate, take possession of, sequester, sequestrate, take away, take over, take
distrain, attach, disseize
4‘kidnappers seized his wife’
kidnap, abduct, take captive, take prisoner, take hostage, hold to ransom
British informal nobble, nab
‘governments have seized on recycling as the best way to reduce rubbish’
grasp, grasp with both hands, grab, grab at, leap at, snatch, jump at, pounce on, exploit
overlook, fail to take advantage of
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