seize


seize
seize seize [siːz] verb [transitive]
1. LAW if the police or another official authority seize goods or property, they take them because they are illegal or because the owner has not paid a debt:

• South Korean authorities seized 186,000 fake products in 1999.

• A warrant of execution allows a bailiff to seize sufficient goods to pay your debt and costs.

2. FINANCE LAW if the government or another authority seizes a company, it forces it to stop trading because of debts or illegal activities:

• The troubled insurance company was seized by regulators on April 11.

3. if you seize a chance or opportunity, you take advantage of it when it becomes available:

• Everyone in the organization shouldseize the initiative and improve their contribution.

• Ohio has converted its technology to seize a share of the fast-growth $200 billion polymers industry.

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seize UK US /siːz/ verb [T]
LAW if the police or government seizes property or assets, they take possession of them because they are illegal, or because the owner owes money: »

Customs agents last year seized $14 million in counterfeit electronics goods at the nation's ports.

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seize assets/property

US LAW, GOVERNMENT if the government or other official authority seizes a company, they stop it from trading because of illegal activity or debts: »

The government has threatened to seize any business that does not sell goods at the advertised price.

to take advantage of something that is available: »

seize a challenge/opportunity

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A Malaysian tycoon seized the chance to bid for the company, and won.

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By having a contract already prepared, you may be able to seize the initiative in negotiations.

to take control of something, especially when others are trying to stop you: seize control/power »

Disgruntled shareholders tried to oust the board and seize control of the company.

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In finance, telecoms, media, and technology, there is thought to be a rare opportunity to seize global market share.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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