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
On Tuesday, South Africa’s Parliament voted to move forward a potential constitutional amendment that would allow the government to confiscate white-owned land without offering any form of compensation in return.
Also included in the bill is a three-day waiting period for gun purchases, raising the age to buy any gun to 21 and giving police more authority to confiscate guns from people who threaten themselves or others.
According to reports, only three fans were arrested while a number of weapons were confiscated in the notorious derby, which required up to 500 security personnel to prevent anymore fights from breaking out.
Half a billion dollars in private property was confiscated.
Douglass opposed radical Republicans’ proposals to confiscate plantations and distribute the land to former slaves.
Their phones were confiscated and their visits to the loo timed.
As legalization increases in bordering states, the amount of confiscated marijuana in Idaho is gradually getting higher.
Even toys donated by an Italian institution for the children of the camp were confiscated.
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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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