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"Decomisar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to confiscate", and "incautar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to confiscate". Learn more about the difference between "decomisar" and "incautar" below.
decomisar(
deh
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koh
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mee
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sahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to confiscate
Los agentes decomisaron los dos kilos de cocaína encontrados en el carro.The police officers confiscated the two kilograms of cocaine found in the car.
b. to seize
Si no quieres que en la aduana decomisen esa mercancía tendrás que declararla.If you do not want your merchandise to be seized in customs, you will have to declare it.
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incautar(
eeng
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kow
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tahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (legal)
a. to confiscate
La policía incautó 500 kilos de heroína durante una redada.The police confiscated 500 kilos of heroin during a raid.
b. to seize
El jefe de policía ordenó incautar las armas encontradas en el almacén.The marshal ordered to seize the weapons found in the warehouse.
incautarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (legal; used with "de")
a. to seize
La forma en la que se incautaron de sus bienes es ilegal.The way they seized his property is illegal.
b. to confiscate
Los agentes se incautaron de explosivos durante el registro.The agents confiscated some explosives during the search.
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