Etymology
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impound (v.)

early 15c., "to shut up in a pen or pound," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (from PIE root *en "in") + pound (n.). Originally of cattle seized by law. Related: Impounded; impounding.

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Definitions of impound

impound (v.)
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority;
The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment
Synonyms: attach / sequester / confiscate / seize
impound (v.)
place or shut up in a pound;
Synonyms: pound
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