(transitive) 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.’;
(transitive) To deprive a person of (their private property) for public use.
(obsolete) Confiscated; seized and appropriated by the government for public use; forfeit.
To put out of one's possession; to surrender the ownership of; also, to deprive of possession or proprietary rights.
‘Expropriate these [bad landlords] as the monks were expropriated by Act of Parliament.’;
Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use; forfeited.
‘Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate.’;
deprive of possessions;
‘The Communist government expropriated the landowners’;
To seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate to the public use.
‘It was judged that he should be banished and his whole estate confiscated and seized.’;
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’;