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- (verb) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpaʊ̯nd/
Audio (RP) (file)
- (noun) IPA(key): /ˈɪmpaʊ̯nd/
Audio (RP) (file)
- Rhymes: -aʊnd
- (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.
- (transitive) To hold back.
- water impounded 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 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.
- (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
- 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?"
- (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.
- 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.