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Principal Translations
apoderarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (hacerse dueño)take over, take control of vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (formal)seize vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Poco a poco se apoderó de la empresa con malas artes.
 Little by little, he took over (or: took control of) the firm using dirty tricks.
 
Additional Translations
apoderarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (sentimiento: invadir)overpower vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (figurative)overtake vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El sueño se apoderó de mí.
 Sleep overpowered me.
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2015:

Compound Forms:
apoderarse de take control of, take charge of, take over
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