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"confiscate" in British English

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confiscateverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɒn.fɪ.skeɪt/  us   /ˈkɑːn.fə.skeɪt/
confiscation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌkɒn.fɪˈskeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑːn.fəˈskeɪ.ʃən/
There was a record number of confiscations by customs officers last year.
(Definition of confiscate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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confiscateverb [T]

 us   /ˈkɑn·fəˌskeɪt/
to officially take private property away from someone, usually by legal authority: Customs agents confiscated her bags.
confiscation
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌkɑn·fəˈskeɪ·ʃən/
[U] The law allows for confiscation of vehicles used in crimes.
(Definition of confiscate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"confiscate" in Business English

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confiscateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkɒnfɪskeɪt/
to officially take something away from someone, sometimes for a limited period, because they have done something illegal: The organization has notified U.S. Customs to confiscate all imported fire extinguishers with the counterfeit labels.
confiscation
noun [C or U] /ˌkɒnfɪˈskeɪʃən/  us /ˌkɑː–/
Our investigation resulted in the confiscation of $227,000 in pirated material.
(Definition of confiscate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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