seizing

noun
seiz·ing | \ˈsē-ziŋ \

Definition of seizing 

1a : the cord or lashing used in binding or fastening

b : the fastening so made — see knot illustration

2 : the operation of fastening together or lashing with tarred small stuff

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The seizing of Deir al-Zour punctuates the turnaround Mr. Assad has managed in more than six years of war. Anne Barnard And Margaret Coker, New York Times, "ISIS, Squeezed on Two Sides, Loses Syrian City and Border Crossing," 3 Nov. 2017 Unexplained-wealth orders will make the seizing of such assets easier. The Economist, "One way or anotherBritish police get a new weapon to fight corruption," 30 Sep. 2017 Regulation that stifles that innovation would represent a seizing of the market by the only companies rich and well-connected enough to navigate the FDA’s costly approval process. Jacob Grier, Slate Magazine, "The FDA Is Scrapping the Obama-Era Approach to E-Cig Regulation. Good.," 1 Aug. 2017 Mr Kagame, whose seizing of power ended the genocide, reimposed order. The Economist, "Paul Kagame, feted and feared," 13 July 2017 As the insurrection unfolded Friday night, beginning with the seizing of two bridges in Istanbul by military forces, Mr. Erdogan was not heard from for hours. Tim Arango And Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Turkey Rounds Up Thousands of Military Personnel," 16 July 2016 Operation Valley Vigilance was a seven-month investigation that culminated Thursday with the arrest of 24 people and the seizing of dozens of guns and several pounds of drugs from San Jacinto to Hemet, Riverside District Atty. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "47 arrested, 77 weapons seized in largest gang takedown in San Jacinto Valley," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of seizing

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

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