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

Synonyms for confiscate

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 The logorrheic lightweight has been stoking the crazy train lately, vowing to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens and to punish churches that reject progressive mores. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Trump without the Trumpiness would win reelection in a landslide," 3 Nov. 2019 Police confiscated the marijuana and drug paraphernalia and gave the man a ticket for driving without headlights. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man steals money from Burger King cash register; curious art students break into vacant, condemned building: Berea police blotter," 24 Oct. 2019 In the three months after Maryland’s law went into effect on October 1, more than 300 people had their guns confiscated. Thomas Massie, National Review, "‘Red Flag’ Laws Are the Wrong Solution to Mass Shootings," 12 Aug. 2019 Oakland County has canceled a Saturday firearm auction that would have sold off nearly 300 confiscated guns. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County cancels firearm auction planned for Saturday," 6 Aug. 2019 It was confiscated and turned over to the Maryland fire marshal for disposal. Pete Williams, NBC News, "TSA screeners find missile launcher in checked luggage at airport," 29 July 2019 He was released after 81 days, but his passport was confiscated for another four years—in effect, keeping him a prisoner in China. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Ai Weiwei’s new Chicago exhibition ‘Trace’ features portraits of his fellow dissidents and political prisoners—all done in Legos," 8 May 2018 The Midland Reporter-Telegram reportsmost of the fireworks were confiscated in North and West Texas during last year's Fourth of July festivities. Dylan Baddour, Popular Mechanics, "Watch 20,000 Pounds of Confiscated Fireworks Go Up in Smoke," 19 Mar. 2015 Only four military-style weapons have been turned in to the State Police and another 14 were confiscated. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "San Francisco Deemed the NRA a ‘Domestic Terrorist Organization’. Here’s Why That’s Wrong.," 4 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confiscating. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for confiscate

confiscate

verb
How to pronounce confiscate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of confiscate

: to take (something) away from someone especially as punishment or to enforce the law or rules

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

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