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Definition of impound verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (law)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impound
    he / she / it impounds
    past simple impounded
    -ing form impounding
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  1. 1impound something (of the police, courts of law, etc.) to take something away from someone, so that they cannot use it synonym confiscate The car was impounded by the police after the accident.
  2. 2impound something to shut up dogs, cats, etc. found on the streets in a pound, until their owners collect them
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