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Meaning of confiscate

con•fis•cate

Pronunciation: (kon'fu-skāt", kun-fis'kāt), [key]
— v., adj. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to seize as forfeited to the public domain; appropriate, by way of penalty, for public use.
  2. to seize by or as if by authority; appropriate summarily: The border guards confiscated our movie cameras.
—adj.
  1. seized.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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