[ verb im-pound; noun im-pound ]
/ verb ɪmˈpaʊnd; noun ˈɪm paʊnd /
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verb (used with object)

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.



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Origin of impound

First recorded in 1545–55; im-3 + pound3


im·pound·a·ble, adjectiveim·pound·er, nounun·im·pound·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for impound

/ (ɪmˈpaʊnd) /

verb (tr)

to confine (stray animals, illegally parked cars, etc) in a pound
  1. to seize (chattels, etc) by legal right
  2. 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

Derived forms of impound

impoundable, adjectiveimpoundage or impoundment, nounimpounder, noun
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