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Definition of "impound" []

  • To confine in or as if in a pound: capture and impound stray dogs. (verb-transitive)
  • To seize and retain in legal custody: impounding disputed electoral ballots. (verb-transitive)
  • To set aside in a fund rather than spend as prescribed: a governor who impounded monies designated for use by cities. (verb-transitive)
  • To accumulate and store in a reservoir: By damming the stream, the engineers impounded its waters for irrigation. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impound" in a sentence
  • "It's very hard to claim a vehicle from death row, and the duty officer at the impound is a close friend of mine."
  • "Obviously, this depleted my escrow account also known as impound by about $1,800, which is the portion my neighbor Bill rightfully owes."
  • "The first Crappie Derby was held in 1974 on the famed flood control impound, which is a dammed section of the Otselic River, drawing 190 participants."