• WordNet 3.6
    • v impound place or shut up in a pound "pound the cows so they don't stray"
    • v impound 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Impound To shut up or place in an inclosure called a pound; hence, to hold in the custody of some authority such as police or a court; as, to impound stray cattle; to impound an illegally parked car; to impound a document for safe keeping. "But taken and impounded as a stray,
      The king of Scots."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impound To put, shut, or confine in or as in a pound or close pen; restrain within bounds; confine: as, to impound stray horses, cattle, etc.
    • impound To take and retain possession of, as a forged document produced as evidence in a trial and directed to be held in custody of the law, in order that a prosecution may be instituted in respect of it.
    • impound To gather and retain (water) in a reservoir, basin, or pond.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Impound im-pownd′ to confine, as in a pound: to restrain within limits: to take possession of
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In literature:

He felt a sense of relief, however, that the authorities had acted so promptly in impounding Lyne's books.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
And the pig did not propose to remain impounded.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
The impounding laws gradually cut off another occasion of mischief.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
My heart which she unjustly doth impound.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Meanwhile, I made sure that Howley's gadget had been impounded as evidence.
"...Or Your Money Back" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Why should the several literary species be impounded each in its separate paddock?
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
They cut the straps of the objectionable bundle and impounded it.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
I suppose the detective has not impounded your sketch?
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
In 1875 a similar "head scare" occurred during the construction of the "puddle trench" for the new impounding reservoir.
"Prisoners Their Own Warders" by J. F. A. McNair
Therefore impound not your Bees, so profitable and free a creature.
"A New Orchard And Garden" by William Lawson

In poetry:

Where nothing properly had name
Save that still element the air,
Burnt sea of universal frame
In which impounded now we were:
"Shadow And Shade" by Allen Tate

In news:

The City of Rockford City Council was scheduled to consider a committee report of a new ordinance Tuesday, May 3, that would approve impounding the vehicles of drivers who flee from the police.
A vehicle once considered evidence has racked up quite an impoundment bill at a local automotive storage facility.
Her car which had other knock off items inside was impounded and police seized all merchandise.
LAPD panel OKs more lenient car impound policy for undocumented immigrants.
Impounding cars might show we're really serious about liability insurance .
The car was impounded and towed.
Republicans have moved to impound ballots in two counties where there were tight general election races for seats in the Legislature.
Proposition 7 asks for $700,000 in improvements to city impound lot.
The races are not close enough to trigger an automatic recount, so Papponi paid more than $2,000 to have the ballots impounded until she and Doyle decide what to do.
A ship raided and impounded late Sunday night by Greek authorities was carrying 680 metric tons of explosives through Greek waters, Greek officials said today.
A daylight sobriety checkpoint held in Franklin County Saturday led to two DUI arrests, one impounded vehicle, and the seizure of more than 200 grams of marijuana.
7 arrests, 11 impounds at DUI checkpoint .
Drunk walks Chihuahua , goat impounded.
John Gibbins U-T Parts strewn about in a police impound yard after being recovered from the chop -shop.
Why did Consol's Robinson Run slurry impoundment dam fail.