Origin and Etymology of confiscate
First Known Use: circa 1533See Words from the same year
Definition of confiscate
Examples of confiscate in a Sentence
Guards confiscated knives and other weapons from the prisoners.
The teacher confiscated all cell phones for the duration of the field trip.
Recent Examples of confiscate from the Web
Police have also confiscated computers, cellphones, vehicles, cash, different documents and weapons in the case.
Police confiscated 33 grams of cocaine after a drug search of a La Porte home, according to the La Porte Police Department.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police confiscated the guns shortly after 2:30 a.m., media outlets reported.
About 70 percent were confiscated in California, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Police are confiscating hoses from people caught using public water to wash cars or sprinkle lawns.
Deputies confiscated 24 American bulldogs, 26 French bulldogs, three English bulldogs, 13 Leonbergers and two pit bulls during the execution of the search warrant.
Also, some coastal cities will confiscate any chairs, coolers, pavilions or other gear left out overnight.
As things drag on, there are small moments of prejudice and abuses of authority—soldiers illegally confiscating goods, and then making one carload of Palestinian passengers stand in the pouring rain for no particular reason.
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First Known Use of confiscate
CONFISCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confiscate for English Language Learners
: to take (something) away from someone especially as punishment or to enforce the law or rules
CONFISCATE Defined for Kids
Definition of confiscate for Students
- Police confiscated the stolen car.
legal Definition of confiscate
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