1 Sometimes, seize on. grab, grasp, clutch, take (hold of), grip, snatch:
Robin felt that he had to seize every opportunity that presented itself. The dog seized the robber by the seat of the pants
2 capture, catch, arrest, take into custody, take prisoner, apprehend, round up, Colloq pinch, nab, collar, pick up, Brit nick, Slang bust:
The police seized him as he was trying to leave the country.
3 catch, transfix, stop, hold, possess, take possession of, afflict, beset, visit, subject:
I was seized by a sudden desire to kiss those quivering, pouting lips
4 take advantage of, make good use of:
When their attention was diverted, I seized the opportunity to escape.
5 confiscate, take (away), commandeer, appropriate, capture, take possession of, impound:
Ten tons of cannabis was seized in the raid.
6 seize up, bind, jam, stop, lock (up), stick, freeze (up):
Because of the excessive heat, the gears seized and the engine stalled.