seiz·​ing ˈsē-ziŋ How to pronounce seizing (audio)
: the cord or lashing used in binding or fastening
: the fastening so made see knot illustration
: the operation of fastening together or lashing with tarred small stuff

Examples of seizing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2008 study, in which subjects were blindfolded, revealed that the seizing of an idle area by other senses begins in as little as 90 minutes. Roberta McLain, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2023 Right there for the seizing, the crucial times instead have consumed the offense through unyielding pressure, a torrent of sacks, two intentional grounding calls and an interception. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 For Israelis, the seizing of so many hostages, coupled with the killings of Oct. 7, amounted to a national trauma. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Celebrations over the news of Saturday’s release were tempered in the wake of the kidnapping a day earlier of more than 300 schoolgirls, an even larger abduction than the seizing of 276 girls from the town in Chibok in 2014 that ignited the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2021 No one would deny China has its own sphere of influence, but the unilateral seizing of territory, and disregard for the safety of others marks Beijing as an aggressive outlier in the region. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2023 The seizing of fame and money—not connecting with and building a true and natural audience—has become the goal for many artists today. Jonathan Van Meter, SPIN, 8 Apr. 2023 This is what happens when a 35-year-old Wisconsin native and Marquette University alum puts in a decade and a half in the league, and misses the Milwaukee Bucks' seizing of the championship ring in 2021 and, further, sat on his couch unclaimed by any NBA team to start his 15th season. Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2022 In a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol described the actions of Kelli Ward, the head of Arizona’s Republican Party, in the weeks leading to the riot as tantamount to a seizing of government power. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of seizing was in the 14th century

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“Seizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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