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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"


  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.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confiscateadjective

    Transferred to the publick as forfeit.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Thy lands and goods
    Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
    Unto the state of Venice. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

  2. To CONFISCATEverb

    Etymology: confiscare, confisquer, i. e. in publicum addicere, from fiscus, which originally signifieth a hamper, pannier, basket, or freil; but metonymically the emperor’s treasure, because it was anciently kept in such hampers. Cowel.

    It was judged that he should be banished, and his whole estate confiscated and seized, and his houses pulled down. Francis Bacon.

    Whatever fish the vulgar fry excel,
    Belong to Cæsar, wheresoe’er they swim,
    By their own worth confiscated to him. John Dryden, Juv. Sat. iv.


  1. confiscate

    Confiscation (from the Latin confiscatio "to consign to the fiscus, i.e. transfer to the treasury") is a legal form of seizure by a government or other public authority. The word is also used, popularly, of spoliation under legal forms, or of any seizure of property as punishment or in enforcement of the law.


  1. confiscate

    To confiscate means to seize or take away someone's property, goods or assets as a penalty, often resulting from a violation of law or rules. This action is typically executed by an authority or government.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confiscateadjective

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

  2. Confiscate

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

  3. 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. Mary Ziegler:

    You would have essentially on the ballot the question of both Comstock enforcement and also potentially Comstock repeal, do I think, under a Trump presidency, they’re going to confiscate surgical gloves because they could be adapted for use in abortion? No, I don’t think that’s probably going to happen.

  2. 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.

  3. Zhang Xiaoming:

    After the agreements are made, China will share intelligence with the U.S. and Australia, which will also offer information to their enforcement agencies to conduct further investigations, once law enforcement officers in the U.S. and Australia identify illegal funds, they will immediately initiate judicial procedures to freeze and confiscate those criminal proceeds in their countries.

  4. 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.

  5. Mick Zais:

    The Commission will not be looking at ways to confiscate those weapons or abrogate the second amendment, but what we will be doing is looking at specific age limits for the purchase of specific kinds of weapons.

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