1 take hold of sb/sth suddenly and firmly
ADV. immediately, suddenly He was immediately seized and thrown into prison.
PREP. by She seized him by the arm. | from He seized the book from her hand.
PHRASES seize hold of sb/sth The wrestlers try to seize hold of each other.
2 take sth
ADV. immediately, promptly She promptly seized the opportunity his absence gave her. | eagerly, gratefully
VERB + SEIZE be quick to, be ready to He was quick to seize on this idea. | be determined to | attempt to, try to | fail to He had failed to seize his chance.
PREP. on/upon The rumours were eagerly seized on by the local press.
PHRASES an attempt to seize sth