impound

[v. im-pound; n. im-pound]
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:
1545–55; im-3 + pound3

impoundable, adjective
impounder, noun
unimpounded, adjective
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impound (ɪmˈpaʊnd)
 
vb
1.  to confine (stray animals, illegally parked cars, etc) in a pound
2.  a.  to seize (chattels, etc) by legal right
 b.  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
 
im'poundable
 
adj
 
im'poundage
 
n
 
im'poundment
 
n
 
im'pounder
 
n

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impound
1554, "to shut up in a pen or pound," from in- "in" + pound (n.). Originally of cattle seized by law.
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Example sentences
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.
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