[ 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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OTHER WORDS FROM impoundim·pound·a·ble, adjectiveim·pound·er, nounun·im·pound·ed, adjective
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How to use impound in a sentence
His car, which he rented through Lyft’s Express Drive program, was towed to an impound lot.California voters sided with Uber, denying drivers benefits by classifying them as contractors|Faiz Siddiqui, Nitasha Tiku|November 4, 2020|Washington Post
It is in this connection that reservoirs for impounding flood waters would be of great value.
He felt a sense of relief, however, that the authorities had acted so promptly in impounding Lyne's books.The Daffodil Mystery|Edgar Wallace
Then arrangements must be made for impounding, and perhaps suitable dams and waterworks will be built for this purpose.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
The impounding laws gradually cut off another occasion of mischief.
It was only by strenuous measures that the dam impounding the waters of Tuxedo Lake was saved.The Passaic Flood of 1903|Marshall Ora Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for impound
/ (ɪmˈpaʊnd) /
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
Derived forms of impoundimpoundable, adjectiveimpoundage or impoundment, nounimpounder, noun
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