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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impound mean? 

IMPOUND (verb)
  The verb IMPOUND has 2 senses:

1. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
2. place or shut up in a pound

  Familiarity information: IMPOUND used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

IMPOUND (verb)

Sense 1impound [BACK TO TOP]


Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning


confiscate; impound; sequester; seize; attach

Context examples:

The FBI seized the drugs / The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment / The police confiscated the stolen artwork

Hypernyms (to "impound" is one way to...):

take (take into one's possession)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "impound"):

garnish; garnishee (take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support)

distrain (confiscate by distress)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2impound [BACK TO TOP]


Place or shut up in a pound

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


impound; pound

Context example:

pound the cows so they don't stray

Hypernyms (to "impound" is one way to...):

confine; hold; restrain (to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

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