apoderarse de
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to appropriate)
a. to seize
El ejército invasor se apoderaba de todos los bienes de la población.The invading army would seize all the population's possessions.
b. to take possession of
El banco se apoderó de las tierras de la familia.The bank took possession of the family's land.
c. to get control of
La facción más radical se apoderó de la dirección del partido.The most radical faction got control of the party's leadership.
2. (to overpower)
a. to overcome
No dejes que los nervios se apoderen de ti en el examen.Don't be overcome by nerves during the exam.
b. to grip
El miedo se apoderó de Luca cuando cruzó el oscuro umbral.Fear gripped Luca when he crossed the dark threshold.
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