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"Embargar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to seize", and "incautarse" is a pronominal verb which is also often translated as "to seize". Learn more about the difference between "embargar" and "incautarse" below.
embargar(
ehm
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bahr
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gahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (law)
a. to seize
El estado embargará tus bienes hasta que pagues la deuda.The state will seize your property until the debt is paid.
b. to distrain
Mi abogado me advirtió que el gobierno de la ciudad puede embargar mi sueldo si no pago mis impuestos.My lawyer warned me that the city government can distrain my salary if I don't pay my taxes.
c. to impound (a vehicle)
Embargaron el vehículo hasta que se pueda probar que fue comprado según lo dispuesto por la ley.They impounded the vehicle until it can be proven that it was bought in accordance with the law.
2. (to fill)
a. to overwhelm
Me embargó la tristeza y comencé a llorar.I was overwhelmed with sadness and I started to cry.
b. to overcome
No me podía quedar quieto porque me había embargado la ansiedad.I couldn't stand still because anxiety had overcome me.
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incautarse(
een
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kow
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tahr
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seh
)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (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.
incautar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (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.
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