Definition of impound
1a : to shut up in or as if in a pound : confineb : to seize and hold in the custody of the lawc : 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 of impound from the Web
Southlake police seized the truck and impounded it.
The violator's boat is impounded for a minimum of six hours, and offenders are processed at the marine unit office in Fox Lake.
For the first time since his discharge, Salazar, 60, now has a permanent home that cannot be impounded.
His personal papers were quickly impounded and eventually declared top secret by the FBI.
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First Known Use of impound
IMPOUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impound for English Language Learners
: to use legal powers to get and hold (something)
IMPOUND Defined for Kids
Definition of impound for Students
: to shut up in or as if in an enclosed place impound cattle
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
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