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seize
American English: /siz/
British English: /siːz/

Translation of seize in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (grab, snatch)
    (hand/object)
    agarrar
    (opportunity)
    aprovechar
    he seized me by the shoulder
    me agarró del hombro
    I seized the handrail
    me agarré or me así de la barandilla
    she seized the book from his hands
    le arrebató el libro de las manos
    Example sentences
    • Jin escaped Vamp's hold, only to be seized by the arms.
    • The two attendants quickly hurried forward and roughly seized Angel about her arms.
    • She seized the older boy by the arm and drew him inside.
    Example sentences
    • This magnificent opportunity was eagerly seized by modernizing employers.
    • This season, injuries to others gave him his opportunity; he seized his chance with aplomb, and has been clinging to the shirt ever since.
    • We must admit that China's decision to seize a business opportunity to promote Chinese language has had good results.
  • 2 2.1 (capture)
    (town/fortress)
    tomar
    apoderarse de
    (person)
    detener
    Example sentences
    • The government had for days promised an all-out offensive against the rebels who seized half the country after a bloody coup attempt on September 19.
    • He has admitted he was one of the 32 armed rebels who seized the school last September.
    • Things did turn sour, though, when Chechen rebels seized a Moscow theater.
    2.2 (confiscate)
    (assets/property)
    confiscar
    (impound) embargar
    (cargo/contraband)
    confiscar
    decomisar
    (drugs/arms)
    incautar
    incautarse de
    (copies of book)
    secuestrar
    Example sentences
    • His right to possession may be suspended or temporarily divested if the goods are seized by the police under lawful authority.
    • The problem was that he needed access to funds seized by the police for legal fees.
    • They also produced receipts which they said identified where all of the items seized by the police had been purchased.
  • 3 (overcome) (usually passive) she was seized with panic
    fue presa del pánico
    they were seized by foreboding
    les dio un presentimiento
    he was seized with the desire to …
    lo acometió el deseo de …
    sintió garas de …
    Example sentences
    • Three miles into the journey she was seized with labour pains.
    • I gasp sharply as a sudden pain seizes me around my waist.
    • Fear seized her as she suddenly realized that something was indeed different.

Phrasal verbs

seize on

seize upon verb + preposition + object
(chance)
aprovechar
her remarks were seized on by the opposition
la oposición se apresuró a sacar partido de sus declaraciones
he seized on the plan as the only viable solution
se aferró al plan como única solución posible

seize up

verb + adverb
(engine)
agarrotarse
fundirse (Latin America)
(muscles)
agarrotarse
(traffic)
paralizarse

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