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seize (arouse)

Definition:

to overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

seized

Present participle:

seizing

3rd-person singular present:

seizes

Type of:

arouse » make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • He was seized with a dreadful disease
  • The patient was seized with unbearable pains
  • Fear seized the prisoners

Etymology:

Old French seisir "to put in possession of, to take possession of", from Late...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of seize...

Definition references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sweep over [transitive] | swept over [past tense] | sweeping over [present participle] | sweeps over [3rd-person singular present]

to suddenly affect someone very strongly (6 of 56 words, 1 usage example)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sweep-over

Collins Dictionary:

whelm | overwhelm [sense-specific]

to engulf entirely with or as if with water | another word for "overwhelm" (13 of 206 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whelm

Wiktionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

To cover; to submerge; to engulf; to bury. | To overcome with emotion. | [obsolete] To throw (something) over a thing so as to cover it. (24 of 157 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whelm

Merriam-Webster:

whelm | overwhelm [synonym, sense-specific] | crush [synonym, sense-specific] | devastate [synonym, sense-specific] | floor [synonym, sense-specific] | grind [synonym, sense-specific] | oppress [synonym, sense-specific] | overcome [synonym, sense-specific] | overmaster [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something; cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect | to overcome in ... (24 of 126 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whelm

Oxford Dictionary:

whelm

[archaic] : | engulf, submerge, or bury | well up or flow | an act or instance of flowing or heaping up abundantly; a surge (22 of 72 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whelm

American Heritage Dictionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

To cover with water; submerge. | To overwhelm. (7 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whelm

New World Dictionary:

whelm

to submerge, cover, or engulf | to overpower or crush; overwhelm (10 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whelm

Random House Dictionary:

whelm

to submerge; engulf. | to overcome utterly; overwhelm. | to roll or surge over something, as in becoming submerged. (17 of 29 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/whelm

Wikipedia:

OverPower

a collectible card game produced by Fleer Corporation originally featuring characters from Marvel Comics and later from DC Comics and Image Comics. The game was initially launched in August 1995 and is no longer in production. In the game, two players ... (41 of 3754 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Over​Power

Cambridge Dictionary:

overpower

to defeat someone by having greater strength or power | If a smell or feeling overpowers you, it's so strong that it makes you feel weak or ill (27 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/overpower

Columbia Encyclopedia:

transmission | clutch

in automobiles, system of parts connecting the engine to the wheels. Suitable torque, or turning force, is generated by the engine only within a ... (24 of 673 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0849282​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

clutch [machine component]

device for quickly and easily connecting or disconnecting a pair of rotatable coaxial shafts. Clutches are usually placed between the driving motor ... (22 of 222 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/122640​/clutch

Encarta Dictionary:

whelm | whelmed [past tense] | whelming [present participle] | whelms [3rd-person singular present]

to engulf or submerge something in water | to overpower or overburden somebody or something (14 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712623​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

seize

First use: mid-13th century

Origin: Old French seisir "to put in possession of, to take possession of", from Late Latin sacire, generally held to be from a Germanic source, ... (26 of 129 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=seize

Wiktionary:

seize | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle] | seizes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Earlier seise, from Middle English seisen, sesen, saisen, from Old French seisir 'take possession of; invest (person, court) (compare French saisir 'to seize; invest a court'), from Medieval Latin... (29 of 89 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/seize

Oxford Dictionary:

seize | seise | be seized of

Origin: Middle English: from Old French seizir "give seisin", from medieval ... | sense-specific: translating "carpe diem" (15 of 32 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/seize

New World Dictionary:

seize | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English saisen from Old French saisir from Medieval Latin sacire, probably from Frankish *sakjan, to lay claim to ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/seize

Collins Dictionary:

seize [United States] | seise

First use: 13th century

Origin: saisen, from Old French saisir, from Medieval Latin sacīre to position, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic satjan to set1 | variant of seize

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/seize

Merriam-Webster:

seize | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English saisen, from Anglo-French seisir, from Medieval Latin sacire, of Germanic origin; perhaps akin to Old High German sezzen to set

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/seize

American Heritage Dictionary:

seize | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle] | seizes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English seisen, from Old French seisir, to take possession, of Germanic origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/seize

Encarta Dictionary:

seize | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle] | seizes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French saisir from medieval Latin sacire "to claim" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715775​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

seize | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle] | seizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "seize"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/seize

Collins Dictionary:

seize [United States] | seise

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "seize"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/seize

Macmillan British Dictionary:

seize [transitive] | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle] | seizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "seize"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/seize

Macmillan American Dictionary:

seize [transitive, verb] | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle] | seizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "seize"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/seize

Cambridge Dictionary:

seize

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "seize"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "seize"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/seize

the Free Dictionary:

seize

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "seize"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "seize"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "seize" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

seize | seized [past tense] | seizing [present participle] | seizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "seize"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=seize

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

seize

Audio: North American pronunciation of "seize"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=seize​001 word=seize

YourDictionary Audio:

seize

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "seize" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/seize

freedictionary.org:

seize

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "seize" by speech synthesizer

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