Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To confine in or as if in a pound.
  • transitive verb To place (something) in legal custody until a dispute involving it is decided.
  • transitive verb To set aside in a fund rather than spend as prescribed.
  • transitive verb To accumulate and store in a reservoir.
  • noun A place where impounded property is stored, as a lot for keeping vehicles that have been towed by police order.
  • noun The process or activity of impounding something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To gather and retain (water) in a reservoir, basin, or pond.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To shut up or place in an enclosure called a pound.
  • verb transitive, law To hold in the custody of a court or its delegate.
  • verb transitive, law, banking To collect and hold (funds) for payment of property taxes and insurance on property in which one has a security interest.
  • noun A place in which things are impounded.
  • noun A state of being impounded.
  • noun That which has been impounded.
  • noun law, banking Amounts collected from a debtor and held by one with a security interest in property for payment of property taxes and insurance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb place or shut up in a pound
  • verb take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

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Examples

  • It's very hard to claim a vehicle from death row, and the duty officer at the impound is a close friend of mine.

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  • Obviously, this depleted my escrow account also known as impound by about $1,800, which is the portion my neighbor Bill rightfully owes.

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  • The first Crappie Derby was held in 1974 on the famed flood control impound, which is a dammed section of the Otselic River, drawing 190 participants.

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  • The first Crappie Derby was held in 1974 on the famed flood control impound, which is a dammed section of the Otselic River, drawing 190 participants.

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  • The first Crappie Derby was held in 1974 on the famed flood control impound, which is a dammed section of the Otselic River, drawing 190 participants.

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  • He then offers four policies that would "offset the revenue loss twice over," though I'm quite sure the CBO wouldn't agree with that assessment: recalling unspent TARP and stimulus funds; giving the president the power to "impound" congressional spending projects in order to spend less; a federal hiring freeze; and "some sort of regulatory forbearance period in which the job-killing practice of agonizingly slow environmental permitting is suspended."

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  • In response, Washington spymasters tried to unofficially "impound" his investment in the Nepalese casinos.

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  • At its most recent meeting, the City Council approved $30,000 for a system to "impound" groundwater in a 524-acre parcel near Pheasant Ridge.

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  • At its most recent meeting, the City Council approved $30,000 for a system to "impound" groundwater in a 524-acre parcel near Pheasant Ridge.

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  • At its most recent meeting, the City Council approved $30,000 for a system to "impound" groundwater in a 524-acre parcel near Pheasant Ridge.

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