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"confiscate" in British English

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confiscateverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɒn.fɪ.skeɪt/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
to take a ​possession away from someone when you have the ​right to do so, usually as a ​punishment and often for a ​limitedperiod, after which it is ​returned to the ​owner: Miss Edwards confiscated my ​phone! His ​passport was confiscated by the ​police to ​prevent him from ​leaving the ​country.
confiscation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌkɒn.fɪˈskeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑːn-/
There was a ​recordnumber of confiscations by ​customsofficers last ​year.
(Definition of confiscate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"confiscate" in American English

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confiscateverb [T]

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

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confiscateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkɒnfɪskeɪt/
to ​officially take something away from someone, sometimes for a ​limitedperiod, because they have done something ​illegal: The ​organization has ​notified U.S. ​Customs to confiscate all ​importedfireextinguishers with the ​counterfeitlabels.
confiscation
noun [C or U] /ˌkɒnfɪˈskeɪʃən/  us /ˌkɑː–/
Our ​investigation resulted in the confiscation of $227,000 in ​piratedmaterial.
(Definition of confiscate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “confiscate”
in Spanish confiscar…
in Vietnamese tịch thu…
in Malaysian merampas…
in Thai ยึดทรัพย์…
in French confisquer…
in German beschlagnahmen…
in Chinese (Simplified) (通常指作为惩罚)没收,把…充公…
in Turkish zorla el koymak, zaptetmek…
in Russian конфисковывать…
in Indonesian menyita…
in Chinese (Traditional) (通常指作爲懲罰)沒收,把…充公…
in Polish konfiskować…
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