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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Announcers constantly call attention to the seizing of momentum. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 But the seizing of that eight-square-mile spit of volcanic debris was exceedingly costly. New York Times, 29 June 2022 The sudden spate of attacks across the country has upended the relative calm that followed the Taliban’s seizing of power last August, which ended 20 years of war. New York Times, 1 May 2022 And the state carrier, Aeroflot, has stopped all international flights, a decision industry analysts say would prevent the seizing of planes leased from Western companies under international sanctions. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2022 Those efforts will include fending off attempts by the Russians to undermine the financial restrictions, targeting the use of cryptocurrency to avoid sanctions and the seizing of Russian oligarchs’ assets, the Justice Department said. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2022 Russia has long tried to obscure the extent of its military operations in Ukraine, which included its seizing of Crimea and direct military interventions in eastern Ukraine with unmarked troops in 2014 and 2015. James Marson And Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Meaning, presumably the border patrol under the Biden administration did the seizing? Chris Cillizza, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 The Crimson Tide also began a seizing of the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff after Georgia (12-1) had been the nation’s best collective team for three months. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'seizing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Dictionary Entries Near seizing

Cite this Entry

“Seizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.