to deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture (seize)
to lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ on or upon) - "The text which had seized upon his heart with such comfort and strength abode upon him for more than a year. (Southey, Bunyan, p. 21)" (seize)
Etymology: [ 'sEz ] (verb.) 14th century. Middle English saisen, from Old French saisir to put in possession of, from Medieval Latin sacire, of Germanic origin; perhaps akin to Old High German sezzen to set; more at SET.