Definitions for: Confiscate

[adj] taken without permission or consent especially by public authority; "the condemned land was used for a highway cloverleaf"; "the confiscated liquor was poured down the drain"
[adj] surrendered as a penalty
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Con"fis*cate (? or ?), a. [L. confiscatus, p. p. of
confiscare to confiscate, prop., to lay up in a chest; con- +
fiscus basket, purse, treasury. See Fiscal.]
Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use;

Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. --Shak.

Con"fis*cate (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Confiscated; p. pr. & vb. n. Confiscating.]
To seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate
to the public use.

It was judged that he should be banished and his whole
estate confiscated and seized. --Bacon.

Synonyms: appropriated, attach, condemned, confiscated, forfeit, forfeited, impound, lost, seize, seized, sequester, taken, taken over

See Also: distrain, garnishee, take

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