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 Brown Shirts were sent to villages to confiscate bikes, a practice that was repeated years later by German soldiers during the occupations of Denmark, the Netherlands, France, and other countries. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest," 10 June 2020 Officers are not allowed to delete your footage for any reason, and cannot confiscate or demand to view footage without a warrant. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Siri Shortcut lets you secretly record interactions with police," 17 Oct. 2018 This keeps your phone locked and secure in case it's confiscated, dropped, or stolen. Jess Grey, Wired, "How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly," 3 June 2020 Although it will be confiscated from you during processing, the medication itself will still be held with you at the precinct along with your other confiscated belongings, and will be available to you in the event of an emergency. Brianna Provenzano, refinery29.com, "Protestors Have Rights: Here’s What To Do If You Get Arrested," 1 June 2020 More than 600 works that had been confiscated from public collections were jammed together, accompanied by spiteful slogans. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Max Beckmann’s greatest self-portrait was once reviled by the Nazis as ‘degenerate’," 27 May 2020 Jeremy Vargo, the Executive Director at International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, says that his sanctuary has many big cats that were confiscated from people who kept them illegally. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Curious Texas: Netflix series ‘Tiger King’ showcased the drama and entertainment of the big cat world," 27 May 2020 So far, none of Brink’s PPE supplies have been confiscated, Mr. Domanico said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Brink’s Adds Masks and Gloves to Protection Plans," 13 May 2020 If convicted, the generals faced having all their property confiscated and their Athenian citizenship revoked – changing them from national heroes to complete outcasts. Mark Munn, The Conversation, "Massive spending in a crisis brought bloody consequences in ancient Athens," 17 Apr. 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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