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 manosExample 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.
- 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] secuestrarExample 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.
- 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.
seize onseize 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 upverb + adverb/verbo + adverbio [engine] agarrotarse, fundirse (Latin America/América Latina) ; [muscles] agarrotarse; [traffic] paralizarse*
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