im·​pound·​ment | \ im-ˈpau̇n(d)-mənt How to pronounce impoundment (audio) \

Definition of impoundment

1 : the act of impounding : the state of being impounded
2 : a body of water formed by impounding

Examples of impoundment in a Sentence

after his impoundment in the garage all weekend, the family dog was ready to frolic
Recent Examples on the Web The priority has been getting enough water into a 4,000-acre impoundment inside the Refugee’s auto tour loop. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 The pond, southwest of Fort McCoy in Sparta, is a 53-acre impoundment of the La Crosse River. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 In 1974, the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act was passed to centralize and strengthen the legislative budget process after Nixon had used methods like the impoundment of funds to circumvent the decisions of Capitol Hill. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 1 July 2022 The new law includes fines and possible impoundment of vendor pushcarts for rules violations. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2022 Angelo Pond, located just southwest from Fort McCoy in Sparta, is a 53-acre impoundment of the La Crosse River. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2022 In response, the council amended the law before adopting it to stipulate that a violation leading to impoundment must be significant in nature. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 By then, the towns of Eddyville and Kuttawa had been relocated after the riverside communities were flooded with the construction of Barkley Dam and the impoundment of Lake Barkley. Kevin Patton, The Courier-Journal, 16 Mar. 2022 Grassi also criticized the impoundment rules in the new law. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impoundment

circa 1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Aug 2022

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“Impoundment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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