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From im- +‎ pound.


  • (verb) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpaʊ̯nd/
    • (file)
  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈɪmpaʊ̯nd/
  • Rhymes: -aʊnd


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 was impounded after he parked it illegally.
    • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, OCLC 246633669, PC, scene: Noveria:
      Noveria Approach Control: Landing access granted, Normandy.
      Noveria Approach Control: Be advised: we will be confirming identification on arrival. If confirmation cannot be established, your vessel will be impounded.
  2. (transitive) To hold back.
    water impounded 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 safekeeping.
    • 1963 September, “New Books: The Locomotives of the South Eastern Railway”, in Modern Railways, page 216:
      I particularly enjoyed the tale of the Folkestone tank engine, which, in October, 1886, was impounded by H. M. Customs after smuggled brandy was found concealed in its coal bunker; the tank spent over a month in a harbour siding under Customs seal and proceedings were seriously contemplated against the S.E.R., as well as against the crew, for the engine's part in the affair.
  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 (countable and uncountable, plural impounds)

  1. A place in which impounded things are stored.
    • 1997, Edward Bunker, Dog Eat Dog, page 36:
      "You're gonna drive me to the impound so I can get my car?"
  2. (uncountable) The 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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