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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.
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.
1. to confine (stray animals, illegally parked cars, etc) in a pound
a. to seize (chattels, etc) by legal right
b. to take possession of (a document, evidence, etc) and hold in legal custody
3. (Physical Geography) to collect (water) in a reservoir or dam, as for irrigation
4. to seize or appropriate
imˈpoundage, imˈpoundment n
1. to shut up in or as if in a pound; confine.
2. to seize and retain in custody of the law.
Past participle: impounded
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|Verb||1.||impound - take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"|
take - take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
condemn - appropriate (property) for public use; "the county condemned the land to build a highway"
sequester - requisition forcibly, as of enemy property; "the estate was sequestered"
garnish, garnishee - take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support; "His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt"
distrain - confiscate by distress
|2.||impound - place or shut up in a pound; "pound the cows so they don't stray"|
restrain, confine, hold - to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"