Definition of garnish in English:


Syllabification: gar·nish
Pronunciation: /ˈgärniSH


[with object]
  • 2 Law Serve with a garnishment.
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    • As you read from my title I am being garnished.
  • 2.1Seize (money, especially part of a person’s salary) to settle a debt or claim: the IRS garnished his earnings
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    • It may also be true, as he submitted, that there is no reported case where this discretion has been exercised so as to garnish a debt which is only recoverable outside the jurisdiction.
    • McDermott had been upset about an Internal Revenue Service request to garnish his wages for back taxes.
    • Alas, when his connection retired, replaced by an ANC hardliner, she got the sack, and the government garnished his salary to pay back the treasury.


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Middle English (in the sense 'equip, arm'): from Old French garnir, probably of Germanic origin and related to warn. sense 1 of the verb dates from the late 17th century.

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