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Noun: impounding  im'pawn-ding
  1. (law) placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
    - impoundment, internment, poundage
Verb: impound  im'pawnd
  1. Take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
    "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment";
    - attach, sequester, confiscate, seize, sequestrate
     
  2. Place or shut up in a pound
    "impound the cows so they don't stray";
    - pound

Type of: confine, hold, restrain, seizure, take

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