French translation of 'seize'
1. (= take hold of, grab) saisir
He seized my arm to hold me back. Il saisit mon bras pour me retenir.
2. (= take possession of) s’emparer de
Troops have seized the airport. Les troupes se sont emparées de l’aéroport.
to seize control of sth s’emparer du contrôle de qch
to seize power s’emparer du pouvoir
3. (Law) [possessions] saisir
4. (= capture) capturer
5. [opportunity, chance, initiative] saisir
to seize sth with both hands [chance] saisir qch à pleine mains
Phrasal verbsseize on, seize up, seize upon
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Example Sentences Including 'seize'
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Greece is so close to running out of money that it was forced to seize local council reserves on Monday.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
The Government must seize the initiative now.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The invention of photography was also quickly seized on as proof of the supernatural world.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
The problem is that the past insists on seizing hold of the present.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
We knew we had to seize the opportunity to make that genre our own.The Sun (2014)
It was a chance for them to seize the opportunity and they did that.The Sun (2012)
An election next month to choose a new mayor is widely seen as a government bid to seize power in the staunchly opposition town.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
But it was quickly seized on by 1D fans.The Sun (2015)
Criminals who owe millions of pounds in legal aid face having their cars and assets seized under government plans.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
It may be necessary to seize power by force, but only when such seizure already has mass approval.Politics, Planning and the State (1990)
Security forces seized explosives, weapons and tapes of religious sermons, the official added.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
The fish had apparently seized hold as the calf was drinking.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
The oilfield provided roughly half of Khartoum's oil until the troops seized control.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The only young African leaders to come to power in Africa seized it by force.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
They were quickly seized by student protesters anxious to distance themselves from the act.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
This government must seize its opportunity and forge ahead.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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'seize' in Other Languages
British English: seize /siːz/ VERB
If you seize something, you take hold of it quickly and firmly.
He seized my arm.
- American English: seize
- Arabic: يَقْبِضُ عَلَى
- Brazilian Portuguese: apoderar-se
- Chinese: 查获
- Croatian: uhvatiti
- Czech: popadnout
- Danish: gribe
- Dutch: in beslag nemen
- European Spanish: agarrar
- Finnish: tarttua
- French: saisir
- German: ergreifen
- Greek: τσακώνω
- Italian: afferrare
- Japanese: ぐいとつかむ
- Korean: 잡다
- Norwegian: beslaglegge
- Polish: chwycić
- European Portuguese: apoderar-se
- Romanian: a apuca
- Russian: схватить
- Spanish: agarrar aprehender
- Swedish: gripa
- Thai: ฉกฉวย
- Turkish: yakalamak
- Ukrainian: хапати
- Vietnamese: nắm lấy
Translation of seize from the Collins English to French Dictionary