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[v. im-pound; n. im-pound] /v. ɪmˈpaʊnd; n. ˈɪm paʊnd/
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.
1545-55; im-3 + pound3
Related forms
impoundable, adjective
impounder, noun
unimpounded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impounded
  • He doles out free advice to his schoolmates on divorce, custody, bankruptcy and an impounded dog.
  • The officer shall destroy all plates seized or impounded under this section.
  • It is determined the vehicle was improperly impounded by the officer.
  • If your vehicle was impounded by another agency you must contact that agency for the release of your vehicle.
  • The dealer must pay full dealer plate fees to replace an impounded plate.
  • Any livestock allowed to run at large may be impounded at a facility capable of restraining such livestock.
  • Keys to the fenced enclosures must be impounded as safekeeping immediately upon securing the lock.
  • impounded areas may contain submerged channels and areas that were terrestrial before impoundment.
  • Vehicles with three or more outstanding parking tickets are subject to be booted or impounded.
  • Off-channel areas, generally grouped into impounded areas and backwater lakes, are plentiful in this reach.
British Dictionary definitions for impounded


verb (transitive)
to confine (stray animals, illegally parked cars, etc) in a pound
  1. to seize (chattels, etc) by legal right
  2. 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
impoundable, adjective
impoundage, impoundment, noun
impounder, noun
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Word Origin and History for impounded



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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