AskDefine | Define impound

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1 take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork" [syn: attach, sequester, confiscate, seize]
2 place or shut up in a pound; "pound the cows so they don't stray" [syn: pound]

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  1. To shut up or place in an inclosure called a pound;
  2. To hold in the custody of a court or its delegate; as, to impound stray cattle; to impound a document for safe keeping.


to shut up or place in an inclosure called a pound
to hold in the custody of a court or its delegate

Extensive Definition

Impoundment may refer to:
impound in Simple English: Impoundment (disambiguation)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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