confiscate  /ˈkɑnfəˌskeɪt/  verb

[+ object]

: to take something away from someone especially as punishment or to enforce the law or rules

  • Guards confiscated knives and other weapons from the prisoners.
  • The police have the authority to confiscate the drug dealer’s property.
  • The teacher confiscated all cell phones for the duration of the field trip.

confiscation /ˌkɑnfəˈskeɪʃən/ noun [noncount]

  • the confiscation of terrorists’ assets