impound

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From im- +‎ pound.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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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