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im- +‎ pound


impound (third-person singular simple present impounds, present participle impounding, simple past and past participle impounded)

  1. (transitive) To shut up or place in an enclosure called a pound.
    His car got impounded after he'd parked illegally.
  2. (transitive) To hold back (for example water by a dam)
  3. (transitive, law) To hold in the custody of a court or its delegate.
    to impound stray cattle; to impound a document for safe keeping.
  4. (transitive, law, banking) To collect and hold (funds) for payment of property taxes and insurance on property in which one has a security interest.



impound (plural impounds)

  1. 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?"
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (law, banking) Amounts collected from a debtor and held by one with a security interest in property for payment of property taxes and insurance.

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