im·​pound | \ im-ˈpau̇nd How to pronounce impound (audio) \
impounded; impounding; impounds

Definition of impound

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to collect and confine (water) in or as if in a reservoir

Examples of impound in a Sentence

The police impounded her car because it was illegally parked. impound evidence for a trial
Recent Examples on the Web Josh told Dateline that her car was later found in the Marina del Rey police impound lot. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Brother hoping for answers in disappearance of sister Kolby Story who went missing in early December after heading home from Venice Beach," 28 Dec. 2020 Herrell, a former state representative, successfully petitioned to impound the 8,577 absentee ballots in one county, Doña Ana, for inspection by her legal and consulting team. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Rep.-elect Yvette Herrell relates to Trump's voter fraud claims: 'I know exactly what he's going through'," 18 Dec. 2020 Krivokapic is considered close to the Serbian Orthodox Church which led months of protests in Montenegro against a law passed by the previous government that the church said would impound its property in Montenegro. Predrag Milic, Star Tribune, "Montenegro's parliament approves new, pro-Serb government," 4 Dec. 2020 If a person is convicted of DWI for a third time -- including convictions in other jurisdictions -- state law allows the district attorney's office to impound and auction off the vehicle the offender was driving at the time of the arrest. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "St. Charles authorities to ramp up use of law that allows vehicle seizures from chronic drunk drivers," 18 Nov. 2020 The court denied a motion to impound a voting machine and other election material at the location. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Expect lawsuits if election results are close. Here's where they've been filed so far.," 4 Nov. 2020 The incident was captured on camera and multiple tips from community members enabled police to find and impound the truck that struck the eight-year-old. Connor Sheets |, al, "Child on bicycle injured in hit-and-run in Opelika," 7 Sep. 2020 Exhibits beaverlike compulsion to impound moving water. Longreads, "The Ancient Waterways of Phoenix, Arizona," 10 Aug. 2020 If not, the city would impound the bin, and the owner would be able to get it back only after paying $1,000. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Broadview Heights considers regulating donation bins in parking lots," 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of impound

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Impound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impound

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


im·​pound | \ im-ˈpau̇nd How to pronounce impound (audio) \
impounded; impounding

Kids Definition of impound

: to shut up in or as if in an enclosed place impound cattle
im·​pound | \ im-ˈpau̇nd How to pronounce impound (audio) \

Legal Definition of impound

: to take control of in the custody of the law or by legal authority impound a vehicle the police impounded the dwelling until the search warrant was obtained

Other Words from impound

impoundment noun

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