[ verb im-pound; noun im-pound ]
See synonyms for: impoundimpounded on

verb (used with object)
  1. to shut up in a pound or other enclosure, as a stray animal.

  2. to confine within an enclosure or within limits: water impounded in a reservoir.

  1. to seize and retain in custody of the law, as a document for evidence.

  1. money, property, etc., that has been impounded: a sale of impounds by the police department.

Origin of impound

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

Other words from impound

  • im·pound·a·ble, adjective
  • im·pound·er, noun
  • un·im·pound·ed, adjective

Words Nearby impound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use impound in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ɪmˈpaʊnd) /

  1. 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

  1. to collect (water) in a reservoir or dam, as for irrigation

  2. to seize or appropriate

Derived forms of impound

  • impoundable, adjective
  • impoundage or impoundment, noun
  • impounder, noun

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