im·pound /im-'pau̇nd/ vt: to take control of in the custody of the law or by legal authority
impound a vehicle
the police impound ed the dwelling until the search warrant was obtained
im·pound·ment n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb appropriate, attach, confiscate, deprive of, distrain, hold in legal custody, remove, retain in custody, seize, sequester, sequestrate, take, take into custody, take into legal custody, take over, take possession of associated concepts: impounding a jury, impounding property II index annex (arrogate), attach (seize), commit (institutionalize), condemn (seize), confine, confiscate, constrain (imprison), contain (restrain), deprive, detain (hold in custody), distrain, enclose, garnish, immure, impress (procure by force), jail, lock, restrain, seize (confiscate), sequester (seize property)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To seize and take legal custody of something, such as a vehicle; to capture animals and shut them in an enclosure.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

In a criminal proceeding, when the court or police take possession of personal property. The property may be returned to the owner at the end of the proceeding or it may be forfeited to the state (for example, in the case of illegal drugs).
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. To take personal property (such as an automobile) into police or judicial custody, pending further proceedings.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   1) to collect funds, in addition to installment payments, from a person who owes a debt secured by property, and place them in a special account to pay property taxes and insurance when due. This protects the lender or seller from the borrower's possible failure to keep up the insurance or a mounting tax bill which is a lien on the property.
   2) to take away records, money or property, such as an automobile or building, by government action pending the outcome of a criminal prosecution. The records may be essential evidence, or the money or property may be forfeit to the state as in illegal drug cases.
   See also: forfeit, forfeiture

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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