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Definition of "confiscate" []

  • To seize (private property) for the public treasury. (verb-transitive)
  • To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate. (verb-transitive)
  • Seized by a government; appropriated. (adjective)
  • Having lost property through confiscation. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "confiscate" in a sentence
  • "I believe the unproductive have no right to confiscate from the productive."
  • "But Jesus never told people to confiscate from the rich and give to the poor, Robin Hood style."
  • "That is why he is trying to spend every dollar he can confiscate from the American people."