im·pan·el | \im-ˈpa-nᵊl \
variants: or
impaneled or impanelled or empaneled or empanelled; impaneling or impanelling or empaneling or empanelling

Definition of impanel 

transitive verb

: to enroll in or on a panel impanel a jury

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Called out by the judge In January, a jury was impaneled to hear the case against Timmons and Rainey. Mensah M. Dean,, "3 charged, none convicted: Why a North Philly murder remains unsolved," 29 May 2018 Another official source involved in the investigation claims that if a grand jury is impaneled, the INS will not be the only federal law enforcement agency presenting evidence. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Valley of Death? The Rajneesh Cult Turns to Arms," 12 Apr. 2018 Boggs also served as a member of the Warren Commission, which was impaneled to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Mike Scott,, "A Louisiana political legend -- and the tragedy that killed him," 31 Mar. 2018 But O’Neill appeared certain that at least one facet of the case would remain the same – his ability to impanel a fair jury. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Bill Cosby's lawyers, fearing #MeToo backlash, fight to keep 19 other accusers out of court," 6 Mar. 2018 IndyStar then submitted several basic questions to the department: How many firearms review boards have been impaneled since 2010? Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD violated policy, failed to review 19 police shootings," 4 Feb. 2018 Good morning, The Jury Is In In Washington, special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, a sign that his inquiry is intensifying and entering a new phase. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 4 Aug. 2017 In just five months, Mueller's team has impaneled a federal grand jury and now is charging Trump's former campaign chairman. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "With money laundering charges against Paul Manafort, Trump’s ‘fake news’ claim is harder to defend," 30 Oct. 2017 His team impaneled a grand jury to gather evidence. David Dayen, New Republic, "Why the government goes easy on corporate crime.," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of impanel

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of impanel

law : to choose people to serve on a jury


transitive verb
im·pan·el | \im-ˈpan-ᵊl\
variants: or empanel \im-, em- \
impaneled or impanelled; impaneling or impanelling

Legal Definition of impanel 

: to form (a jury) especially by summoning and selecting the members specifically : to enroll (a list of selected jurors) in a court — compare array

Other Words from impanel

impanelment noun

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