apoderarse

A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to appropriate; used with "de")
a. to seize
El rey se apoderó de todas sus propiedades.The king seized all their property.
b. to take possession of
Si no pagan la hipoteca, el banco se apoderará de su casa.The bank will take possession of their house if they can't pay their mortgage.
c. to take control of
Poco a poco su marido se apoderó del negocio que ella había heredado de su padre.Her husband gradually took control of the business she had inherited from her father.
2. (to overpower; used with "de")
a. to overcome
No dejes que el miedo se apodere de ti.Don't let fear overcome you.
b. to grip
La rabia se apoderó de mí y ya no sabía lo que hacía.I was gripped by anger, and I didn't know what I was doing anymore.
apoderar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (legal)
a. to authorize
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El dueño de la casa me apoderó para firmar los documentos de compra.The house owner authorized me to sign the purchase documents.
b. to authorise (United Kingdom)
Apoderamos al banco para que comprara acciones en nuestro nombre.We authorised the bank to buy shares in our name.
c. to empower
La comisión no está apoderada para modificar las disposiciones del convenio.The commission is not empowered to change the agreement's provisions.
d. to grant power of attorney
Apoderé a mi hermana para que gestionara mis asuntos durante mi enfermedad.I granted power of attorney to my sister to manage my affairs during my illness.
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apoderar
transitive verb
1 (autorizar) to authorize; empower
2 (Jur) to grant power of attorney to
pronominal verb
apoderarse
apoderarse de to seize; take possession of
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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