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Definition of confiscate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

confiscate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnfɪskeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnfɪskeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confiscate
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnfɪskeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnfɪskeɪt//
 
he / she / it confiscates
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnfɪskeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnfɪskeɪts//
 
past simple confiscated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnfɪskeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnfɪskeɪtɪd//
 
past participle confiscated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnfɪskeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnfɪskeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form confiscating
BrE BrE//ˈkɒnfɪskeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnfɪskeɪtɪŋ//
 
Types of punishment
 
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confiscate something to officially take something away from somebody, 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. Our belongings were temporarily confiscated. See related entries: Types of punishment Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin confiscat- ‘put away in a chest, consigned to the public treasury’, from the verb confiscare, based on con- ‘together’ + fiscus ‘chest, treasury’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: confiscate