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
The nonprofit InnerCity Struggle, which works to promote safe, healthy communities on L.A.’s Eastside, and the advocacy law firm Public Counsel asked the district for logs of random searches at schools where weapons had been confiscated.
The police confiscated the bears in the town of Iharbari, in southeastern Nepal, and apprehended four people, bringing them all to the district station.
The police confiscated 25 electronic devices from Juan when he was arrested.
Snapshot Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is working to stifle dissent ahead of a presidential election in 2018, confiscating books and targeting those who write and distribute them.
Investigators confiscated the gun and took the student to the Neaves Davis juvenile detention center in Huntsville.
Officers confiscated signs and turned people with cameras away.
The high school had confiscated JUUL devices since the first day of school, and McKinney warned parents to be on the lookout.
The government does not confiscate houses and apartments and then redistribute them according to people's needs and impose rent control.
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