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
After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn’t keeping their attention.
If the person seeking help has drugs or paraphernalia with them, the police will confiscate and destroy them, according to Keane.
One night, after confiscating his computer and iPad, Elizabeth woke up at two in the morning with a feeling of dread.
Shaw was arrested by Kent police in January for DUI and officers at that time confiscated one of his guns, a .45-caliber handgun, the charges say.
In 1999, she was confronted by two LAPD officers enforcing a quality-of-life law allowing them to ticket people using shopping carts without a store’s permission and to confiscate the carts, a law almost exclusively enforced against homeless people.
The year before the Wounded Knee massacre, the U.S. government confiscated millions of acres of the Sioux’s sacred He’ Sapa territory and assigned the Lakota to reservations.
China African park rangers who protect elephants gathered in Hong Kong to insist that the region ban all ivory sales and confiscate stockpiled supplies without reimbursing vendors.
The detectives also confiscated a BB gun during the stop, police said.
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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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