- to shut up (an animal) in a pound
- to take and hold (a document, funds, a vehicle, etc.) in legal custody
- to gather and enclose (water) for irrigation, etc.
transitive verbim·pound·ed, im·pound·ing, im·pounds
- To confine in or as if in a pound: capture and impound stray dogs.
- To place (something) in legal custody until a dispute involving it is decided: impounding ballots in a disputed election.
- To set aside in a fund rather than spend as prescribed: a governor who impounded monies designated for use by cities.
- To accumulate and store in a reservoir: By damming the stream, the engineers impounded its waters for irrigation.
- A place where impounded property is stored, as a lot for keeping vehicles that have been towed by police order.
- The process or activity of impounding something: the impound of the uninsured car.
(third-person singular simple present impounds, present participle impounding, simple past and past participle impounded)
- To shut up or place in an enclosure called a pound.
- His car got impounded after he'd parked illegally.
- (law) To hold in the custody of a court or its delegate.
- to impound stray cattle; to impound a document for safe keeping.
- (law, banking) To collect and hold (funds) for payment of property taxes and insurance on property in which one has a security interest.
- A place in which things are impounded.
- A state of being impounded.
- That which has been impounded.
- (law, banking) Amounts collected from a debtor and held by one with a security interest in property for payment of property taxes and insurance.
impound - Legal Definition
To take personal property (such as an automobile) into police or judicial custody, pending further proceedings.