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confiscate

[kon-fuh-skeyt, kuh n-fis-keyt] /ˈkɒn fəˌskeɪt, kənˈfɪs keɪt/
verb (used with object), confiscated, confiscating.
1.
to seize as forfeited to the public domain; appropriate, by way of penalty, for public use.
2.
to seize by or as if by authority; appropriate summarily:
The border guards confiscated our movie cameras.
adjective
3.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin confiscātus (past participle of confiscāre to seize for the public treasury), equivalent to con- con- + fisc(us) basket, moneybag, public treasury (see fiscal) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
confiscatable, adjective
confiscation, noun
confiscator, noun
nonconfiscation, noun
proconfiscation, adjective
reconfiscate, verb (used with object), reconfiscated, reconfiscating.
unconfiscated, adjective
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  • Any idiot could see that the better thing to do would be to study the marijuana that they confiscate.
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  • One of the citizens might decide to confiscate more than their share of the profits.
  • Although the agency has the power to lock up non-payers and to confiscate their driving licences, it seldom does so.
  • The police will confiscate cameras from people who try.
  • Powers to confiscate criminals' ill-gotten gains have grown steadily.
  • It must disarm the militants and confiscate their weapons.
  • In hospitals, nurses have tended to confiscate knives and razors to prevent cutting.
  • Make war on all those economies to confiscate their gold reserves again.
  • If you are found out they can confiscate the ticket and close your account.
British Dictionary definitions for confiscate

confiscate

/ˈkɒnfɪˌskeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to seize (property), esp for public use and esp by way of a penalty
adjective
2.
seized or confiscated; forfeit
3.
having lost or been deprived of property through confiscation
Derived Forms
confiscation, noun
confiscator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin confiscāre to seize for the public treasury, from fiscus basket, treasury
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Word Origin and History for confiscate
v.

1550s, originally, "to appropriate for the treasury," from Latin confiscatus, past participle of confiscare, from com- "together" (see com-) + fiscus "public treasury," literally "money basket" (see fiscal). Related: Confiscated; confiscating.

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