Synonyms for (verb) seize

Synonyms: grab, seize

Definition: capture the attention or imagination of

Usage: This story will grab you; The movie seized my imagination

Similar words: fascinate, intrigue

Definition: cause to be interested or curious


Synonyms: seize, get hold of, clutch

Definition: affect

Usage: Fear seized the prisoners; The patient was seized with unbearable pains; He was seized with a dreadful disease

Similar words: sweep over, overtake, overwhelm, overcome, overpower, whelm

Definition: overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli


Synonyms: prehend, seize, clutch

Definition: take hold of; grab

Usage: The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter; She clutched her purse; The mother seized her child by the arm; Birds of prey often seize small mammals

Similar words: take, get hold of

Definition: get into one's hands, take physically

Usage: Take a cookie!; Can you take this bag, please


Synonyms: seize

Definition: take or capture by force

Usage: The terrorists seized the politicians; The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages

Similar words: take, get hold of

Definition: get into one's hands, take physically

Usage: Take a cookie!; Can you take this bag, please


Synonyms: seize

Definition: hook by a pull on the line

Usage: strike a fish

Similar words: hook

Definition: catch with a hook

Usage: hook a fish


Synonyms: capture, seize, conquer, appropriate

Definition: take possession of by force, as after an invasion

Usage: the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants; The army seized the town; The militia captured the castle

Similar words: take over, seize, usurp, assume, arrogate

Definition: seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

Usage: He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town; he usurped my rights; She seized control of the throne after her husband died


Synonyms: seize, sequester, attach, impound, confiscate

Definition: take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

Usage: The FBI seized the drugs; The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment; The police confiscated the stolen artwork

Similar words: take

Definition: take into one's possession

Usage: We are taking an orphan from Romania; I'll take three salmon steaks


Synonyms: take over, seize, usurp, assume, arrogate

Definition: seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

Usage: He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town; he usurped my rights; She seized control of the throne after her husband died

Similar words: take

Definition: take by force

Usage: Hitler took the Baltic Republics; The army took the fort on the hill