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impound

[v. im-pound; n. im-pound] /v. ɪmˈpaʊnd; n. ˈɪm paʊnd/
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.
3.
to seize and retain in custody of the law, as a document for evidence.
noun
4.
money, property, etc., that has been impounded:
a sale of impounds by the police department.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; im-3 + pound3
Related forms
impoundable, adjective
impounder, noun
unimpounded, adjective
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Examples from the web for impound
  • Large dams that impound large amounts of water have shown this many times over many years.
  • The army permitted the government to impound the plane only after several days.
  • The towing company and impound lot will generally also require cash or credit card, no checks.
British Dictionary definitions for impound

impound

/ɪmˈpaʊnd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to confine (stray animals, illegally parked cars, etc) in a pound
2.
  1. to seize (chattels, etc) by legal right
  2. to take possession of (a document, evidence, etc) and hold in legal custody
3.
to collect (water) in a reservoir or dam, as for irrigation
4.
to seize or appropriate
Derived Forms
impoundable, adjective
impoundage, impoundment, noun
impounder, noun
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Word Origin and History for impound
v.

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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