To use one's authority to lay claim to and separate a possession from its holder.
"In schools it is common for teachers to confiscate electronic games and other distractions."
Confiscated; seized and appropriated by the government for public use; forfeit.
To deprive a person of (their private property) for public use.
Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use; forfeited.
To seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate to the public use.
To put out of one's possession; to surrender the ownership of; also, to deprive of possession or proprietary rights.
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"
surrendered as a penalty
taken without permission or consent especially by public authority;
"the condemned land was used for a highway cloverleaf"
"the confiscated liquor was poured down the drain"
deprive of possessions;
"The Communist government expropriated the landowners"
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