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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 (for example 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.
- 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.
- (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