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4 definitions found
 for confiscate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Confiscate \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;
     forfeited.
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           Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Confiscate \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.
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           It was judged that he should be banished and his whole
           estate confiscated and seized.           --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  confiscate
      adj 1: surrendered as a penalty [syn: confiscate, forfeit,
             forfeited]
      v 1: 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" [syn: impound, attach, sequester,
           confiscate, seize]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "confiscate":
     accroach, annex, appropriate, arrogate, attach, collectivize,
     commandeer, communalize, communize, distrain, expropriate, garnish,
     impound, impress, levy, nationalize, preempt, press, replevin,
     replevy, seize, sequester, sequestrate, socialize, take,
     take away
  
  

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