confiscate

adjective
con·​fis·​cate | \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt How to pronounce confiscate (audio) , kən-ˈfi-skət How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \

Definition of confiscate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : appropriated by the government : forfeited
2 : deprived of property by confiscation

confiscate

verb
con·​fis·​cate | \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \
confiscated; confiscating

Definition of confiscate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to seize as forfeited to the public treasury
2 : to seize by or as if by authority

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Verb

confiscation \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˈskā-​shən How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \ noun
confiscator \ ˈkän-​fə-​ˌskā-​tər How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \ noun
confiscatory \ kən-​ˈfi-​skə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \ adjective

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of confiscate in a Sentence

Verb Guards confiscated knives and other weapons from the prisoners. The teacher confiscated all cell phones for the duration of the field trip.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Luger worried that the authorities might confiscate the shields, calling them weapons. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Several senators and witnesses touted red flag laws, which allow courts to confiscate firearms from those deemed a danger to themselves or others. Katherine Swartz, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 Among those bills are legislation that would enable law enforcement to confiscate weapons from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others, as well as an assault weapons ban and two bills that would strengthen background checks for guns. Kyra Alessandrini, Essence, 2 June 2022 The latest commercials attacking each other dropped on Wednesday, with Miller’s campaign accusing Davis of supporting red flag laws that would allow police to confiscate guns from individuals in certain situations. Mark Murray, NBC News, 9 June 2022 The proposal: Nineteen states have passed laws that allow the police and other citizens to seek a court order to temporarily confiscate guns from people who are deemed an immediate threat to themselves or others. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2022 The proposal: Nineteen states have passed laws that allow the police and other citizens to seek a court order to temporarily confiscate guns from people who are deemed an immediate threat to themselves or others. New York Times, 4 June 2022 Red flag measures allow police or family members to petition a court to issue extreme risk protection orders authorizing them to temporarily confiscate firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. Candy Woodall, USA TODAY, 3 June 2022 Red flag laws generally permit police or family members to seek a court order to temporarily confiscate firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of confiscate

Adjective

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confiscate

Adjective

Latin confiscatus, past participle of confiscare to confiscate, from com- + fiscus treasury

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The first known use of confiscate was circa 1533

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confiscate

verb
con·​fis·​cate | \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \
confiscated; confiscating

Kids Definition of confiscate

: to seize by or as if by public authority Police confiscated the stolen car.

Other Words from confiscate

confiscation \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˈskā-​shən \ noun

confiscate

transitive verb
con·​fis·​cate | \ ˈkän-fə-ˌskāt How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \
confiscated; confiscating

Legal Definition of confiscate

: to seize without compensation as forfeited to the public treasury — compare criminal forfeiture

Note: Illegal items such as narcotics or firearms, or profits from the sale of illegal items, may be confiscated by law enforcement officers. Additionally, government action that reduces the value of property to a person or entity as to make it nearly worthless has been held to constitute confiscation. Examples of such government action include the passage of zoning laws that prevent the use of land for its designated purpose and the setting of utility rates so low that the utility company cannot realize a reasonable return on its investment.

Other Words from confiscate

confiscation \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˈskā-​shən How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \ noun
confiscator \ ˈkän-​fə-​ˌskā-​tər How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \ noun
confiscatory \ kən-​ˈfis-​kə-​ˌtōr-​ē How to pronounce confiscate (audio) \ adjective

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