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impact

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of impact

  1. 1 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response <the tragic loss of his father impacted the boy for the rest of his life> Synonyms {h,1}affect, impress, influence, move, reach, strike, sway, tell (on), touchRelated Words carry away, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthrall (or enthral), ravish, transport; bias, color; inspire, stir; engage, interest, involve, penetrate, pierce; afflict, agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, disturb, fluster, harass, harry, perturb, pester, plague, smite, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry, wring; allure, attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinateNear Antonyms bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; underwhelm

  2. 2 to come into usually forceful contact with something <the damage sustained when a car going 40 miles an hour impacts with a brick wall> Synonyms bang, bash, bump, collide, crash, hit, impinge, knock, ram, slam, smash, strike, swipe, thudRelated Words bounce, carom, clunk, glance, rebound, ricochet, skim, skip; contact, land, touch; brush, graze, kiss, nudge, scrape, shave, sweep; bulldoze, jostle, muscle, press, pushNear Antonyms miss, skirt

  3. 3 to set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter <the bullet was found impacted in the police officer's protective vest> Synonyms bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, fix, entrench, implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, rootRelated Words imbue, infuse, instill; beat (into), drive (into); establish, place, put, settle, stickNear Antonyms eliminate, eradicate; eject, expel; detach, disconnect, disengage, removeAntonyms dislodge, root (out), uproot




impact

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of impact

  1. 1 a forceful coming together of two things <the glass shattered immediately upon impact with the floor> Synonyms bump, collision, concussion, crash, impingement, jar, jolt, jounce, kick, shock, slam, smash, strike, wallop Related Words blow, buffet, hit, knock, punch, rap, slap, thump; bashing, battering, bludgeoning, clobbering, hammering, lambasting, licking, pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), thrashing; contact, encounter, meeting, touch

  2. 2 the power to bring about a result on another <the execution had such a powerful impact on her that she became a crusader for the abolition of capital punishment> Synonyms effect, influence, mark, repercussion, swayRelated Words authority, clout, prestige, pull, weight; command, domination, dominion, mastery; consequence, importance, significance; sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacyNear Antonyms helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  3. 3 the quality of an utterance that provokes interest and produces an effect <the story has real dramatic impact> Synonyms cogency, effectiveness, force, forcefulness, {h,1}punch, pointRelated Words payoff; importance, significance; appeal, attraction, charm, fascination





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