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- (transitive) To shut up or place in an enclosure called a pound.
- His car got impounded after he'd parked illegally.
- (transitive) To hold back, as water by a dam.
- (transitive, law) To hold in the custody of a court or its delegate.
- to impound stray cattle; to impound a document for safe keeping.
- (transitive, law, banking) To collect and hold (funds) for payment of property taxes and insurance on property in which one has a security interest.
to shut up or place in an inclosure called a pound
to hold in the custody of a court or its delegate
impound (plural impounds)
- A place in which things are impounded.
1997, Edward Bunker, Dog Eat Dog, page 36:
- "You're gonna drive me to the impound so I can get my car?"
- A state of being impounded.
2010, Neal Locke, No Plan, page 161:
- I already checked that out, and Keller has never called to get it out of impound.
- That which has been impounded.
2002, James E. Wollrab, Malfeasance, page 190:
- He handed the keys to the woman and pointed toward the corner of the lot where the impounds were stored.
- (law, banking) Amounts collected from a debtor and held by one with a security interest in property for payment of property taxes and insurance.