seiz·​ing | \ ˈsē-ziŋ How to pronounce seizing (audio) \

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 the tanker late Friday was seen as a significant escalation. Aya Batrawy,, "Iran says its seizure of British ship a 'reciprocal' move," 20 July 2019 According to a report from Football Italia, the investigation started with the seizing of Neo-Fascist banners which belonged to the notorious Juve ultra group 'Drughi', and eventually led to the discovery of a whole arsenal of weapons., "Police Raids of Neo-Nazi Juve Ultras Uncover Stash of Weapons Including Missiles," 15 July 2019 HRW’s report also highlights other tactics used to silence Palestinian dissent and punish activists, among them the seizing of phones, leaving investigations and charges open, and coercing detainees to promise to stop any further criticism. Mohammed Daraghmeh, The Seattle Times, "Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture," 23 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of seizing

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

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