Seize vs. Confiscate

Seize vs. Confiscate — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Seize and Confiscate

Seizeverb

(transitive) To deliberately take hold of; to grab or capture.

Confiscateverb

(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.

Seizeverb

(transitive) To take advantage of (an opportunity or circumstance).

Confiscateadjective

(obsolete) Confiscated; seized and appropriated by the government for public use; forfeit.

Seizeverb

(transitive) To take possession of (by force, law etc.).

to seize smuggled goodsto seize a ship after libeling

Confiscateverb

take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority;

The FBI seized the drugsThe customs agents impounded the illegal shipmentThe police confiscated the stolen artwork
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Seizeverb

(transitive) To have a sudden and powerful effect upon.

a panic seized the crowda fever seized him

Confiscateadjective

surrendered as a penalty

Seizeverb

To bind, lash or make fast, with several turns of small rope, cord, or small line.

to seize two fish-hooks back to backto seize or stop one rope on to another

Confiscateadjective

taken without permission or consent especially by public authority;

the condemned land was used for a highway cloverleafthe confiscated liquor was poured down the drain

Seizeverb

To fasten, fix.

Seizeverb

(intransitive) To lay hold in seizure, by hands or claws (+ on or upon).

to seize on the neck of a horseThe text which had seized upon his heart with such comfort and strength abode upon him for more than a year. (Southey, Bunyan, p. 21)
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Seizeverb

(intransitive) To have a seizure.

Seizeverb

(intransitive) To bind or lock in position immovably; see also seize up.

Rust caused the engine to seize, never to run again.

Seizeverb

To submit for consideration to a deliberative body.

Seizeverb

take hold of; grab;

The salesclerk quickly seized the money on the counterShe clutched her purseThe mother seized her child by the armBirds of prey often seize small mammals

Seizeverb

take or capture by force;

The terrorists seized the politiciansThe rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages

Seizeverb

take possession of by force, as after an invasion;

the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitantsThe army seized the townThe militia captured the castle

Seizeverb

take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority;

The FBI seized the drugsThe customs agents impounded the illegal shipmentThe police confiscated the stolen artwork

Seizeverb

seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession;

He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the townhe usurped my rightsShe seized control of the throne after her husband died

Seizeverb

hook by a pull on the line;

strike a fish

Seizeverb

affect;

Fear seized the prisonersThe patient was seized with unberable painsHe was seized with a dreadful disease

Seizeverb

capture the attention or imagination of;

This story will grab youThe movie seized my imagination