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Definition of confiscate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



confiscate somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confiscate
he / she / it confiscates
past simple confiscated
-ing form confiscating
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to officially take something away from someone, especially as a punishment Their land was confiscated after the war. The teacher threatened to confiscate their phones if they kept using them in class.
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noun [uncountable, countable] If found guilty of this crime they face heavy fines, confiscation of goods and even imprisonment.
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