[verb im-pound; noun im-pound]
- 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.
Origin of impound
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Examples from the Web for impound
“We searched all the impound lots in the city, and there they were,” Alvarado said.Mexico’s Murderous SWAT Teams
November 10, 2014
“It is an outrage that DEA is using finite taxpayer dollars to impound legal industrial hemp seeds,” he said.Kentucky Tells Feds: Hands Off Our Hemp!
May 21, 2014
It forbids the government to impound weapons in the wake of a national emergency.American Gun Law: A Series
December 18, 2012
And when next ye seek to impound me, come in force, sir–come in force!With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga
W. Bert Foster
Steal it or impound it or take it away legally, you've got to know how it runs.The Fourth R
George Oliver Smith
Does not the Maharajah-sahib impound all horses left ownerless?Rung Ho!
No. 5; by either of which I was fully authorized to seize and impound all trespassers—a limit and license that included dragons.The Bushman
Edward Wilson Landor
After Colonel W. left for town, he went to his wife and asked her what the Colonel meant by telling him to impound the ox.Lincoln's Yarns and Stories
Alexander K. McClure
- 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
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Word Origin and History for impound
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