seize

Infomercial salesmen constantly tell you to seize the opportunity to buy their product while you still can. Supplies are limited! After all, everyone will want that solar-powered puppy petter, so you'd better grab the opportunity and buy two!

You can seize all kinds of things. Seize the day if you are taking advantage of the present circumstances and enjoying life to the fullest. Seize the castle, if you are a feudal lord fighting with your neighbor. Seize the inspiration if you want to tell a moving story. Seize authority if you are overthrowing a small country. Avoid, at all costs, being seized if you are under zombie attack.

Definitions of seize
  1. verb
    take hold of; grab
    “The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter”
    “The mother seized her child by the arm”
    “Birds of prey often seize small mammals”
    synonyms: clutch, prehend
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    nab
    seize suddenly
    rack
    seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
    claw
    clutch as if in panic
    apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up
    take into custody
    capture, catch, get
    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
    collar
    seize by the neck or collar
    clasp
    grasp firmly
    grip
    hold fast or firmly
    grab
    take or grasp suddenly
    catch, grab, take hold of
    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
    snap, snatch, snatch up
    to grasp hastily or eagerly
    clench, clinch
    hold in a tight grasp
    grapple, grip
    grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
    harpoon
    spear with a harpoon
    fish
    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
    hook
    catch with a hook
    net, nett
    catch with a net
    recapture, retake
    capture again
    swoop, swoop up
    seize or catch with a swooping motion
    intercept, stop
    seize on its way
    bite, seize with teeth
    to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
    nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
    squeeze tightly between the fingers
    lasso, rope
    catch with a lasso
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    get hold of, take
    get into one's hands, take physically
  2. verb
    capture the attention or imagination of
    “The movie seized my imagination”
    synonyms: grab
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    fascinate, intrigue
    cause to be interested or curious
  3. verb
    take or capture by force
    “The terrorists seized the politicians”
    “The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages”
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    raven
    obtain or seize by violence
    wrest
    obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
    abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch
    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    commandeer, highjack, hijack, pirate
    take arbitrarily or by force
    impress, shanghai
    take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship
    skyjack
    subject an aircraft to air piracy
    carjack
    take someone's car from him by force, usually with the intention of stealing it
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    get hold of, take
    get into one's hands, take physically
  4. verb
    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
    “She seized control of the throne after her husband died”
    synonyms: arrogate, assume, take over, usurp
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    annex
    take (territory) as if by conquest
    appropriate, capture, conquer
    take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    preoccupy
    occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
    hijack
    seize control of
    raid
    take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
    carry
    capture after a fight
    colonise, colonize
    settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world
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    take
    take by force
  5. verb
    take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    “the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants”
    “The army seized the town”
    synonyms: appropriate, capture, conquer
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    carry
    capture after a fight
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    arrogate, assume, take over, usurp
    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
  6. verb
    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
    “The FBI seized the drugs”
    synonyms: attach, confiscate, impound, sequester
    sequester
    requisition forcibly, as of enemy property
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    condemn
    appropriate (property) for public use
    garnish, garnishee
    take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
    distrain
    confiscate by distress
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    take
    take into one's possession
  7. verb
    hook by a pull on the line
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    hook
    catch with a hook
  8. verb
    affect
    “Fear seized the prisoners”
    “The patient was seized with unbearable pains”
    “He was seized with a dreadful disease”
    synonyms: clutch, get hold of
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    overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
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