Definition of seizure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiːʒə/


1 [mass noun] The action of capturing someone or something using force: the seizure of the Assembly building the Nazi seizure of power
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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.
capture, occupation, takeover, overrunning, annexation, annexing, invasion, conquering, subjugation, subjection, colonization
kidnapping, kidnap, abduction, hostage-taking;
informal snatching
British informal nobbling
1.1The action of confiscating or impounding property by warrant of legal right: the seizure of all his assets seizures of heroin
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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.
confiscation, impounding, commandeering, requisitioning, appropriation, expropriation, sequestration;
Law  distraint, distrainment, attachment, disseisin;
Scottish Law  poind
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.
convulsion, spasm, paroxysm, collapse, sudden illness, attack, fit, bout;
stroke, apoplexy;
Medicine  ictus

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