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Definition of impound verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    impound

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊnd//
     
    (law)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impound
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊnd//
     
    he / she / it impounds
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊndz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊndz//
     
    past simple impounded
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊndɪd//
     
    past participle impounded
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊndɪd//
     
    -ing form impounding
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpaʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpaʊndɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1impound something (of the police, courts of law, etc.) to take something away from somebody, 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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