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impound

v. 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: forfeit, forfeiture)

impound

verb appropriate, attach, confiscate, deerive of, distrain, hold in legal custody, remove, retain in custody, seize, sequester, sequestrate, take, take into cussody, take into legal custody, take over, take possession of
Associated concepts: impounding a jury, impounding property
See also: annex, arrogate, attach, commit, condemn, confine, confiscate, constrain, contain, deprive, detain, distrain, enclose, garnish, immure, impress, imprison, jail, lock, restrain, seize, sequester
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The police also are concerned that the Kopp amendment holds the city liable for impound fees after 15 days in cases where the city has failed to provide proper notice to the legal owner.
Cat impounds in Los Angeles have plummeted since 1997, a decline animal control officials say supports a controversial proposal to make pet sterilization mandatory.
I would have great reluctance to lessen the requirement that the department impound abused animals,'' he said.
The operations usually result in anywhere from 80 to 120 impounds each time.
Under current rules, the LAPD impounds an unlicensed driver's car for 30 days.