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seize

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of seize

  1. 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 Synonyms of seize appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, comprehend, sense, tumble (to), twig, understandWords Related to seize absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of seize misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of seize miss

  2. 2 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law seized the leaders of one of the city's major drug rings Synonyms of seize apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, arrestWords Related to seize bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms of seize emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms of seize discharge

  3. 3 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly seized the escaping balloon just before it got out of reach Synonyms of seize bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, catch, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trapWords Related to seize glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off)Near Antonyms of seize discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhandAntonyms of seize miss

  4. 4 to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right Richard III seized the English throne from his brother Edward in 1483 Synonyms of seize arrogate, commandeer, convert, expropriate, pirate, preempt, press, appropriate, take over, usurpWords Related to seize annex, attach, claim, confiscate, impound, repossess, sequester; assume, collar, grab, grasp, snatch, steal, wrench, wrest; despoil, loot, pillage; encroach, infringe, invade, occupy, preoccupy, trespass; embezzle, misapply, misappropriate, misuse, peculate

Synonym Discussion of seize

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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