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 energy firm may also push global authorities to impound Indian assets if the country declines to honor the arbitration ruling, according to a letter the company sent to the Indian High Commission in the U.K. earlier this year. Elena Mazneva, Bloomberg.com, 15 May 2021 Under an ordinance approved in March by the Phoenix City Council, police can impound a car involved in street racing or reckless driving for up to 30 days. Andrew Selsky, ajc, 14 May 2021 The official said the order to impound the vessel was issued Monday by a court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, and that the vessel’s crew has been informed Tuesday. Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021 City attorneys are reviewing Tucson’s ordinance to specify how long law enforcement can impound vehicles. The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 The official said the order to impound the vessel was issued Monday by a court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, and that the vessel’s crew has been informed Tuesday. Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021 The official said the order to impound the vessel was issued Monday by a court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, and that the vessel’s crew has been informed Tuesday. Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021 This allows officers to conduct a search and possibly impound the car. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2021 An unnamed official told the Associated Press that the order to impound the ship was issued by a court the same day in the city of Ismailia, Egypt, and that the vessel’s crew was informed on Tuesday. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 14 Apr. 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 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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