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seized

verb
past tense of 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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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

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3 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • seized the escaping balloon just before it got out of reach

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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 brother Edward in 1483

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“Seized.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/seized. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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