Definition of seizure in English:

seizure

Syllabification: sei·zure
Pronunciation: /ˈsēZHər
 
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noun

  • 1The action of capturing someone or something using force: the seizure of the Assembly building another seizure of power by the military
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    • Force protection forces must flow in early to replace seizure of ground forces.
    • Peaceful reforms eventually began, but his movement was brought to a rude and abrupt stop by the military's seizure of power in 1962.
    • His seizure of power in 1969 was a ‘revolution’ rather than a coup d'état.
    Synonyms
    capture, takeover, annexation, invasion, occupation, colonizationkidnapping, kidnap, abduction
  • 1.1The action of confiscating or impounding property by warrant of legal right.
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    • Those who remained behind during the war protected the family property from seizure and confiscation.
    • The Coast Guard is allowed to perform search and seizure without warrants, and they sometimes do tear boats to shreds, looking for cocaine.
    • No documentation was given to me setting out the grounds for the search and seizure of my property which then followed.
    Synonyms
  • 2A sudden attack of illness, especially a stroke or an epileptic fit: the patient had a seizure
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    • A Canadian court heard how an epileptic driver had a seizure while driving and killed a cyclist.
    • The more serious problems associated with its abuse included epileptic seizures or heart attacks.
    • If you have ever had a seizure or epilepsy, this may not be the best choice of medication for you.
    Synonyms
    convulsion, fit, spasm, paroxysm; Medicine ictus
    dated apoplexy

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