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seize +‎ -ure


  • IPA(key): /ˈsiʒɚ/, /ˈsizjʊɚ/
  • Rhymes: -iːʒə(ɹ)
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seizure (countable and uncountable, plural seizures)

  1. The act of taking possession, as by force or right of law.
    the seizure of a thief, a property, a throne, etc.
    The search warrant permitted the seizure of evidence.
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life, Chapter VII
      As yet there had been no alarm of fever. The three seizures had excited some comment, however, and had it not been for the counter-excitement of the burning ship, it is possible that Pine's precaution would have been thrown away
  2. A sudden attack or convulsion, (e.g. an epileptic seizure).
    He fell to the floor and convulsed when the epileptic seizure occurred.
  3. A sudden onset of pain or emotion.
    He felt the sudden seizure of pain as the heart attack began.
  4. That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed.
  5. (obsolete) Retention within one's grasp or power; possession; ownership.
    • 1690, [John] Dryden, Don Sebastian, King of Portugal: [], London: [] Jo. Hindmarsh, [], OCLC 1154883115, (please specify the page number):
      Make o'er thy honour by a deed of trust, / And give me seizure of the mighty wealth.

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seizure (third-person singular simple present seizures, present participle seizuring, simple past and past participle seizured)

  1. To undergo an epileptic seizure.
    • 2019, Justin Blackburn, The Bisexual Christian Suburban Failure Enlightening Bipolar Blues, page 9:
      My doctor prescribed Namility. It made my vision blurry, I told him. He said keep taking it, it'll stop. Next day at work I seizured in the middle of an order.