impound

verb
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 The project would impound up to three-fourths of the flows of Bear River, the Great Salt Lake’s primary source of inflows. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 While inactive, the dam continues to impound water during high water periods, which can cause downstream flooding. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 State marshals were preparing to remove and impound vehicles and appliances on the property, Sullivan said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 30 July 2021 Troopers could then reroute vehicles back to their point of origin or impound them. David Aaro, Fox News, 27 Aug. 2021 The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six Republican voters who wanted Parker to decertify Michigan’s results and impound voting machines. Ed White, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six Republican voters who wanted Parker to decertify Michigan’s results and impound voting machines. Arkansas Online, 26 Aug. 2021 Troopers could then reroute vehicles back to their point of origin or impound them. David Aaro, Fox News, 27 Aug. 2021 The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six Republican voters who wanted Ms. Parker to decertify Michigan’s results and impound voting machines. Ed White, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of impound

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

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“Impound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impound. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for impound

impound

verb

English Language Learners Definition of impound

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

impound

verb
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

impound

transitive verb
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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