Shariah meaning of Zakaat
In the terminology of the Shariah, Zakaat means making a needy person who is not from the family of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) nor a slave released by them, the absolute owner of a specific part of a wealth by a person whose wealth reaches the prescribed limits of Zakaat.
As given in the famous book of the Hanafi school of Fiqh, Kanz Ud Daqaaiq, Kitab Uz Zakaat, Pg. No. 55)