Friday, 13 March 2015


Today's word is: "embargo" = seizure
In Spanish, “embargo” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, with a similar meaning to its English counterpart, but meaning also seizure, freezing, foreclosure or repossession, and used as in:
  • El juzgado decretó el embargo de bienes (the court has ordered the freezing or seizure of assets);
  • En la ONU se debate el embargo de armas a Libia (an embargo of arms to Libya is being debated in the UN)

The action word/ verb “embargar” is a related word meaning to seize, as in:
  • El juzgado ha embargado todos sus bienes (the court has seized all his/ her assets)

The action word/ verb “embargar” may also mean to feel something which overwhelms us, as in:
  • Hoy me embarga la felicidad (today I feel overwhelmingly happy)
  • Hoy me embarga una gran tristeza (today I feel overwhelmingly sad)
  • Esa noticia me embarga de tristeza (that news makes overwhelmingly sad)

Some Spanish expressions with the word “embargo” are:
  • Levantar el embargo (to lift an embargo);
  • Libre de embargo (free from restrictions/foreclosure, embargo-free)
  • Sin embargo (however);
    • Debería irme, sin embargo voy a quedarme (I should go, however, I am going to stay); loves the word "embargo" in the YouTube clip: Olga Roman & Joaquin Sabina- y sin embargo te quiero + y sin embargo

For more on the word "embargo", visit: Embargo

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “embargo” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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