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    "forfeit" vs. "confiscate"

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    If you carry any prohibited or restricted items into the country, the customs will "forfeit" or "confiscate" them.
    Which one is correct? If both, which one is more common?

    Forfeit something to lose something or have something taken away from you because you have done something wrong
    Confiscate something to officially take something away from somebody, especially as a punishment

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    Re: "forfeit" vs. "confiscate"

    **** I am not a teacher ****

    "Confiscate" is correct. If you carry contraband items, the customs officer will confiscate them. He will confiscate or seize them, and you stand to forfeit them.

    If you look at example sentences for both these words, the difference will become clear. For example, If you don't make the balance payment on time, you may forfeit (lose) your deposit.

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    Re: "forfeit" vs. "confiscate"

    You forfeit them. Customs confiscates them.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Jul-2015 at 22:30. Reason: Fixing typo. Thanks, Mike.

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