Definition of garnish in English:


Line breaks: gar|nish
Pronunciation: /ˈgɑːnɪʃ


[with object]
  • 2 Law Serve notice on (a third party) for the purpose of legally seizing money belonging to a debtor or defendant.
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    • He told me hes gotten this type of call before over the years regarding this situation and they never garnish him.
  • 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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  • To this we added two battery powered Halloween light sets, pumpkins and ghosts, the little broom and some plastic harvest garnishment.


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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