Translation of "seize" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /siːz/ us /siz/ present participle seizing, past tense and past participle seized

to take hold of something quickly and firmly

agarrar, asir
She seized my arm and pulled me towards her.
seize a chance/opportunity

to do something quickly in order to use an opportunity

atrapar una oportunidad
You need to seize every opportunity.

(Translation of “seize” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /siːz/

to take or grasp suddenly, especially by force

asir, agarrar, coger
She seized the gun from him
He seized her by the arm
He seized the opportunity of leaving.

to take, especially by force or by law

incautar, embargar
The police seized the stolen property.
seizure /-ʒə/ noun

the act of seizing

incautación, embargo
the seizure of property.
seize on phrasal verb

to accept with enthusiasm

aceptar con entusiasmo
I suggested a cycling holiday, and he seized on the idea.
seize up phrasal verb

(of machinery etc) to get stuck and stop working

agarrotarse, paralizarse
The car seized up yesterday.
seize is spelt with -ei- (not -ie-).

(Translation of “seize” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)