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
“We searched all the impound lots in the city, and there they were,” Alvarado said.
“It is an outrage that DEA is using finite taxpayer dollars to impound legal industrial hemp seeds,” he said.
It forbids the government to impound weapons in the wake of a national emergency.
They were first opened to admit the ship, and then closed to impound the water that flows up through the bottom of the lock.The Panama Canal | Frederic Jennings Haskin
These cows he used to impound, and had great trouble in the matter.
In this case the game is the caribou or reindeer, but no rope fence would serve to impound these.The Hunters' Feast | Mayne Reid
It can be shown that the area of the reservoir necessary to impound water enough to produce 100 horse-power would be 40 acres.The Story of the Heavens | Robert Stawell Ball
Before such a dredge is launched, a dam is built across the gulch to impound sufficient water.The A B C of Mining | Charles A. Bramble
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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