Garnishment is an American legal process for collecting a monetary judgment on behalf of a plaintiff from a defendant. Garnishment allows the plaintiff (the “garnishor”) to take the money or property of the debtor from the person or institution that holds that property (the “garnishee”). A similar legal mechanism called execution allows the seizure of money or property held directly by the debtor.
Some jurisdictions may allow for garnishment by a tax agency without the need to first obtain a judgment or other court order.
A person who garnishes; one who obtains a garnishment against another.
the person whose money is garnished
To have (money) set aside by court order (particularly for the payment of alleged debts); to garnish.
“Her bank account was garnisheed to pay an outstanding tax debt.”