seize on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of seize on/upon

: to take or use (something, such as a chance or opportunity) in a quick and eager way
  • His critics have seized on the scandal to call for his resignation.
  • She seized on the opportunity to tell her side of the story.

Word by Word Definitions

seize play
  1. : to vest ownership of a freehold estate in

  2. : to put in possession of something

  3. : to take possession of : confiscate

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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