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

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 Agents confiscate their belts and shoelaces and issue them wristband IDs. Anchorage Daily News, "The things migrants carried — and dropped — as they crossed the border," 11 Apr. 2021 Some people confiscate four tricks, some even more than that. New York Times, "A World of Black Intimacy at the Card Table," 24 Feb. 2021 Indiana's red flag law allows police to confiscate guns from a person deemed dangerous to themselves or others. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Police union: 'Why didn't the prosecutor try' to use red flag law for FedEx suspect," 22 Apr. 2021 Emanuel is likely talking about red-flag laws that empower the police to confiscate guns from Americans on the strength of a third-party accusation. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Rahm Emanuel: Hey, Let’s Strip Gun Owners of Due-Process Rights," 29 Mar. 2021 First, because some 20 million have already been sold, and no one is going to confiscate those. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Banning assault weapons is unlikely to stop mass shootings," 26 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration is set to argue to the Supreme Court that police should be allowed to confiscate guns from a person’s home without a warrant. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Biden administration will tell Supreme Court that police can confiscate guns from homes without a warrant," 25 Mar. 2021 Such laws allow for individuals to petition a court to allow the police to confiscate weapons from a person deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Alexandra Jaffe, Chron, "Biden tightens some gun controls, says much more needed," 8 Apr. 2021 Such laws allow for individuals to petition a court to allow the police to confiscate weapons from a person deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Alexandra Jaffe, sun-sentinel.com, "President Biden tightens some gun controls, says much more needed: ‘It is actually a public health crisis’," 8 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confiscate. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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confiscate

verb

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 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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