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Definition of confiscate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

confiscate

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈkɑnfəˌskeɪt//
 
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.
confiscation
 
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NAmE//ˌkɑnfəˈskeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable, countable] If found guilty of this crime they face heavy fines, confiscation of goods and even imprisonment.
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