What does the word confiscate mean?

Usage examples for confiscate

  1. Candidly, had I authority I would confiscate your pen: I would 'away with that bauble'. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. The Italian Government was so in need of coal that it had to confiscate even private supplies. – Germany, The Next Republic? by Carl W. Ackerman
  3. Not only did the government withhold the incomes of the bishops, and confiscate the revenues which the piety of the people had devoted for their support, it also employed its gensd'armes and police agents in seizing the prelates at their homes and casting them into the streets. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson