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Definitions for confiscate
ˈkɒn fəˌskeɪt, kənˈfɪs keɪtcon·fis·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confiscate, forfeit, forfeitedverb

    surrendered as a penalty

  2. impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seizeverb

    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

    "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"

Wiktionary

  1. confiscateverb

    To use one's authority to lay claim to and separate a possession from its holder.

    In schools it is common for teachers to confiscate electronic games and other distractions.

    Etymology: From Latin confiscare ("to declare property of the fisc").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confiscateadjective

    seized and appropriated by the government to the public use; forfeited

    Etymology: [L. confiscatus, p. p. of confiscare to confiscate, prop., to lay up in a chest; con- + fiscus basket, purse, treasury. See Fiscal.]

  2. Confiscate

    to seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate to the public use

    Etymology: [L. confiscatus, p. p. of confiscare to confiscate, prop., to lay up in a chest; con- + fiscus basket, purse, treasury. See Fiscal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confiscate

    kon′fis-kāt, or kon-fis′-, v.t. to appropriate to the state, as a penalty: to take possession of.—adj. forfeited to the public treasury.—adjs. Confis′cable, Confis′catory, of the nature of confiscation.—ns. Confiscā′tion, the act of confiscating; Con′fiscātor, one who confiscates. [L. confiscāre, -ātumcon, together, fiscus, a basket.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confiscate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confiscate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of confiscate in a Sentence

  1. David S. McAlvaney:

    Thus perhaps the most dangerous of all socialist attacks on America in the 1990s is the onslaught to register and confiscate America's firearms. America cannot be subjugated to communism or a socialist dictatorship until Americans are first disarmed. Poland has strict gun control; so does Cambodia, Russia, and Red China. Over 100 million people were brutally slaughtered in those countries, but first they were disarmed. The danger to people when they can't own guns is far greater than any danger gun ownership can ever create.

  2. Bari Abdelatif:

    Sometimes they follow the woman home and detain her father, or they confiscate her ID and tell her to come back with her father to pick it up.

  3. Steve Kraus:

    Unfortunately it's a common problem in just about every country in the world, when you confiscate condoms, studies again and again show that condoms are less likely to be used. Commercial sex is going to take place in more risky venues, where the women selling sex are more vulnerable to violence, extortion, robbery, assault, gang rape.

  4. Roger Quarles Mills:

    Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness. It comes to bring us evil - only evil - and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs.

  5. Chris Barsotti:

    They're going to think this is another political approach to make it difficult to access guns or potentially confiscate guns or create barriers to access.

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