verb im·pound \im-ˈpand\

: to use legal powers to get and hold (something)

Full Definition of IMPOUND

transitive verb
a :  to shut up in or as if in a pound :  confine
b :  to seize and hold in the custody of the law
c :  to take possession of <she was dismissed and her manuscript impounded — Jonathan Weiner>
:  to collect and confine (water) in or as if in a reservoir

Examples of IMPOUND

  1. The police impounded her car because it was illegally parked.
  2. impound evidence for a trial

First Known Use of IMPOUND

15th century


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