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1. The act of impounding or the state of being impounded.
2. A body of water, such as a reservoir, made by impounding.
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(ɪmˈpaʊnd mənt)

also im•pound′age,

1. the act of impounding or the state of being impounded.
2. a confined body of water, as a reservoir.
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impoundage, impoundment

the process of taking into legal custody, especially property. — impounder, n.
See also: Property and Ownership
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impoundment - 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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[ɪmˈpaʊndmənt] N (US) (Fin) → embargo m
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