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seize

1 to take legal possession of someone or something.
2 to take into custody.
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The guns were seized in 1972 amid a scare that some of them were going to be seized by the IRA.
COUNTERFEIT video films and computer games worth thousands of pounds were seized in raids by police on two houses in Coventry.
On occasions when the crew on board the fishing vessels was too few to meet the demands, the Irish onshore in Newfoundland were seized and pressed into service.