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seize

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1 to have a clear idea of
  • a critic with a sharp intellect that is able to seize the most subtle nuances of a work of art
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pick up on

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2 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law
  • Police seized the leaders of the hacking community.
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3 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • She seized the escaping balloon just before it got out of reach.
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take hold (of)

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4 to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right
  • Richard III seized the English throne from his nephew Edward in 1483.
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take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control.
    • take some salad from the bowl
seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible.
    • seized the suspect
grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession.
    • grasp the handle and pull
clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding.
    • clutching her purse
snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize.
    • snatched a doughnut and ran
grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch.
    • grabbed roughly by the arm

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