[verb im-pound; noun im-pound]
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.
Origin of impound
Related formsim·pound·a·ble, adjectiveim·pound·er, nounun·im·pound·ed, adjective
First recorded in 1545–55; im-3
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Examples from the Web for impounding
Historical Examples of impounding
A provision for the impounding and destruction of infringing copies and means for producing them.
Nor can surface water be changed into a water course by impounding it.
So Rupert went unpunished except by banishment and the impounding of his rents.
Water conservation, water supply, flood and drainage control, and impounding facilities.
No. 2, a local act, by which people whose property is trespassed upon, are allowed the privilege of impounding the trespassers.
British Dictionary definitions for impounding
Derived Formsimpoundable, adjectiveimpoundage or impoundment, nounimpounder, noun
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 impounding
early 15c., "to shut up in a pen or pound," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + pound (n.). Originally of cattle seized by law. Related: Impounded; impounding.
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