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im·pound / imˈpound/ • v. [tr.] 1. seize and take legal custody of (something, esp. a vehicle, goods, or documents) because of an infringement of a law or regulation: vehicles parked where they cause an obstruction will be impounded.2. shut up (domestic animals) in a pound or enclosure. ∎  (of a dam) hold back or confine (water).DERIVATIVES: im·pound·a·ble·pound·er·pound·ment n.

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