to shut up in a pound or other enclosure, as a stray animal.
to confine within an enclosure or within limits: water impounded in a reservoir.
to seize and retain in custody of the law, as a document for evidence.
money, property, etc., that has been impounded: a sale of impounds by the police department.
- im·pound·a·ble, adjective
- im·pound·er, noun
- un·im·pound·ed, adjective
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How to use impound in a sentence
It is in this connection that reservoirs for impounding flood waters would be of great value.
He felt a sense of relief, however, that the authorities had acted so promptly in impounding Lyne's books.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
Then arrangements must be made for impounding, and perhaps suitable dams and waterworks will be built for this purpose.The Modern Railroad | Edward Hungerford
The impounding laws gradually cut off another occasion of mischief.The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) | John West
It was only by strenuous measures that the dam impounding the waters of Tuxedo Lake was saved.The Passaic Flood of 1903 | Marshall Ora Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for impound
to confine (stray animals, illegally parked cars, etc) in a pound
to seize (chattels, etc) by legal right
to take possession of (a document, evidence, etc) and hold in legal custody
to collect (water) in a reservoir or dam, as for irrigation
to seize or appropriate
- impoundable, adjective
- impoundage or impoundment, noun
- impounder, noun
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