A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to steal from)
a. to rob (a bank, store or person)
Ayer asaltaron un banco y vaciaron la caja fuerte.Yesterday a bank was robbed and its safe emptied.
b. to hold up (a bank, store or person)
Dos hombres enmascarados nos asaltaron a punta de pistola y nos robaron el dinero destinado al pago de sueldos.We were held up at gunpoint by two masked men who stole the money intended for wages.
c. to mug (a person)
Un ladrón intentó asaltar a la viejita, pero la policía lo atrapó en el acto.A thief tried to mug the old woman, but the police caught him in the act.
2. (to raid)
a. to storm
Los revolucionarios armados asaltaron la fortaleza.The armed revolutionaries stormed the fortress.
b. to attack
Los terroristas fueron atrapados antes de asaltar el edificio de oficinas.The terrorists were caught before they could attack the office building.
3. (to tackle)
a. to accost
Parece que el reportero asaltó al grupo de refugiados a las puertas del albergue.The reporter seemingly accosted the group of refugees outside the hostel.
4. (to besiege)
a. to bombard
Cuando Sofía llegó de la fiesta, sus papás la asaltaron con preguntas.When Sofia came back from the party her parents bombarded her with questions.
5. (to come to mind)
a. to strike
De pronto me asaltó una gran idea para salvar el negocio.Suddenly, I was struck by a great idea for saving the business.
b. to seize
El miedo me asaltó en medio de la noche y ya no pude dormir.I was seized by fear in the middle of the night and I couldn't sleep as a result.
c. to assail
Cuando te toca firmar el documento, te asaltan las dudas.When it's your turn to sign the document, you're assailed by doubts.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (atacar)
a. to attack
2. (castillo, ciudad)
a. to storm
3. (robar)
a. to rob
4. (sujeto: dudas)
a. to seize
iba a ir pero al final le asaltaron las dudashe was going to go, but he was seized by doubts at the last minute
le asaltó el pánicohe was overcome by panic
5. (importunar)
los periodistas asaltaron al actor a preguntasthe journalists bombarded the actor with questions
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transitive verb
1 [+persona] to attack; assault; (Mil) to storm; [+banco, tienda etc] to break into; raid; (en disturbios etc) to loot; sack
lo asaltaron cuatro bandidos he was held up by four bandits; anoche fue asaltada la joyería the jeweller's was raided last night; last night there was a break-in at the jeweller's
2 [+dudas] to assail; [+idea] to cross one's mind
le asaltó una idea he was struck by an idea; an idea crossed his mind
3 [+desastre, muerte] to fall upon; surprise; overtake
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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