transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. a. to shut up in or as if in a pound ; confine b. to seize and hold in the custody of the law c. to take possession of <
she was dismissed and her manuscript impounded — Jonathan Weiner
2. to collect and confine (water) in or as if in a reservoir

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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