One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘officials began impounding documents yesterday’
confiscate, appropriate, take possession of, seize, commandeer, expropriate, requisition, sequester, sequestrate, take
distrain, disseize, attach
2‘the cattle were rounded up and impounded’
pen in, shut in, shut up, fence in, coop up, hem in, box in, hedge in, rail in
cage, enclose, confine, kettle
North American corral
3‘the poor unfortunates impounded in the prison’
lock up, incarcerate, imprison, confine, intern, immure, hold captive, hold prisoner, put under lock and key
informal put behind bars
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