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English definition of “confiscate”

confiscate

verb [T]     /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 limited period, after which it is returned to the owner: Miss Edwards has confiscated my phone! His passport was confiscated by the police to prevent him from leaving the country.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things confiscation     /ˌkɒn.fɪˈskeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkɑːn-/ noun [C or U] There was a record number of confiscations by customs officers last year.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things
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