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Pronunciation: /siːz/

Translation of seize in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (grab, snatch) [hand/object] agarrar; [opportunity] aprovechar; [power] tomar, hacerse* con 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* 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.
    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.
  • 3 (overcome) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) 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/verbo + preposición + complemento
[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/verbo + adverbio
[engine] agarrotarse, fundirse (Latin America/América Latina) ; [muscles] agarrotarse; [traffic] paralizarse*

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