im·​pan·​el | \ im-ˈpa-nᵊl How to pronounce impanel (audio) \
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

Examples of impanel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Westchester County prosecutors will impanel a grand jury in the coming weeks to hear evidence against Robert Durst in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, according to reports. Fox News, 11 Oct. 2021 New York prosecutors plan to impanel a grand jury in the coming weeks to hear evidence against Durst in the disappearance of Kathie Durst. Fox News, 14 Oct. 2021 The House voted largely along party lines to create the select committee last month, after an effort to impanel an independent, bipartisan commission was torpedoed by Senate Republicans. Grace Segers, CBS News, 14 July 2021 If the bill fails, Democrats could instead impanel a select committee, like the ones Republicans created to investigate the Benghazi attack, which would give Democrats near-total control over the process. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Fairfax Commonwealh’s Attorney Steve Descano picked up the case in January, asked the Fairfax court to impanel a special grand jury in August, and the grand jury met three times before issuing indictments against both officers last week. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2020 Officials in the court system, the second largest in the state, hope to impanel a jury the week of Oct. 12 and hold a trial then. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2020 Durham’s inquiry expanded from an administrative review to a criminal investigation last year, allowing his team the power to impanel a grand jury and hand down indictments. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2020 The review upgraded into a criminal investigation in the fall, giving the prosecutor the power to impanel a grand jury and hand down indictments, and is expected to wrap up sometime in the summer. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2020

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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

: 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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