impound

(redirected from impounds)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Fearing lawsuits charging poor enforcement, City Attorney James Hahn's office wants to change city law so that the Animal Regulation Department no longer is bound to impound abused or neglected animals on private property.
Hahn is recommending that the city's municipal codes be changed so animal control officers ``may'' - instead of ``shall'' - impound abandoned or neglected animals on private property or when animals are running loose or are improperly tethered on private property.
1 requires them to notify the legal owner by certified mail within two working days of the impound.
The LAPD continues to impound vehicles, but the vehicles are released as soon as someone shows up at the local police station with a valid driver's license, Kunz said.
One of the casualties of the impound rule will be Happy Hour, the two 45-minute practice periods run before race day.