seize up

Definition of seize up

  1. :  to stop working because the moving parts can no longer move The engine/brakes suddenly seized up. —sometimes used figuratively Her brain seized up when she tried to answer the question.

Word by Word Definitions

seizeplay
  1. :  to vest ownership of a freehold estate in

    :  to put in possession of something

    :  to take possession of :  confiscate

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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