from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To confine in or as if in a pound: capture and impound stray dogs.
- transitive v. To seize and retain in legal custody: impounding disputed electoral ballots.
- transitive v. To set aside in a fund rather than spend as prescribed: a governor who impounded monies designated for use by cities.
- transitive v. To accumulate and store in a reservoir: By damming the stream, the engineers impounded its waters for irrigation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To shut up or place in an enclosure called a pound.
- v. To hold in the custody of a court or its delegate.
- v. To collect and hold (funds) for payment of property taxes and insurance on property in which one has a security interest.
- n. A place in which things are impounded.
- n. A state of being impounded.
- n. That which has been impounded.
- n. Amounts collected from a debtor and held by one with a security interest in property for payment of property taxes and insurance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To shut up or place in an inclosure called a pound; hence, to hold in the custody of some authority such as police or a court
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put, shut, or confine in or as in a pound or close pen; restrain within bounds; confine: as, to impound stray horses, cattle, etc.
- To take and retain possession of, as a forged document produced as evidence in a trial and directed to be held in custody of the law, in order that a prosecution may be instituted in respect of it.
- To gather and retain (water) in a reservoir, basin, or pond.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. place or shut up in a pound
- v. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
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