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tr.v. im·pound·ed, im·pound·ing, im·pounds
1. To confine in or as if in a pound: capture and impound stray dogs.
2. To place (something) in legal custody until a dispute involving it is decided: impounding ballots in a disputed election.
3. To set aside in a fund rather than spend as prescribed: a governor who impounded monies designated for use by cities.
4. To accumulate and store in a reservoir: By damming the stream, the engineers impounded its waters for irrigation.
n. (ĭm′pound′)
1. A place where impounded property is stored, as a lot for keeping vehicles that have been towed by police order.
2. The process or activity of impounding something: the impound of the uninsured car.

im·pound′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impounding - placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
seizure - the taking possession of something by legal process
drug bust, drugs bust - seizure of illegal drugs by the police
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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The Illegal Street Racing Task Force made up of 45 officers from three agencies descended on Glenoaks Boulevard between Peoria and Sheldon streets, citing 106 people for attending a drag race and impounding 91 vehicles.
Dubai Prosecutors accused a security guard at a Dubai Municipality facility of taking a bribe in exchange for allowing a man to sneak out a bus from the municipality's impounding area in Al Ghusais.
The AAA Foundation recommended three ways of dealing with drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked - impounding their cars, installing ignition interlocks for DUI drivers and installing electronic driver licenses.
In 2008, as many as 25,862 motorists in the country were fined, apart from impounding their vehicle for a month, for exceeding the speed limit by more than 60 km/h.
On the other hand, he said, she might have been angry at him for not believing her and for impounding the car.
The fines and impounding time will be doubled should the offence be repeated.
Prompted by a large number of unsolved hit-and-run cases, Valley police cracked down on car owners with suspended licenses and lapsed registration - impounding more than 200 cars Saturday, police said.
Valley traffic experts attribute the downward trend to safer vehicles, an increasingly negative image of drunk drivers and legislation requiring the impounding of negligent drivers' vehicles.
ALL too often government has a way of bungling the best-intentioned, least-contentious laws - and so it's been with the 14-month-old statute that requires impounding the cars of unlicensed drivers.
The campaign resulted in impounding vehicles which have exhausted the grace period offered in accordance with the applicable rules.
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