impacted

adjective

im·​pact·​ed im-ˈpak-təd How to pronounce impacted (audio)
1
of a tooth : wedged between the jawbone and another tooth
2
a
: packed or wedged in
b
: deeply entrenched : not easily changed or removed
3
: strongly or directly affected by something especially in a negative way
Disasters relief teams surveyed the impacted neighborhoods.
4
: of, relating to, or being an area (such as a school district) providing tax-supported services to a population having a large proportion of federal employees and especially those living or working on tax-exempt federal property
aid to education in impacted areas

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some companies have promised to support impacted workers on visas. Simmone Shah, Time, 23 Dec. 2022 Several Gersh agents also have canceled their SXSW plans, with the agency limiting travel to business-essential purposes and restricting it in impacted countries. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2020 Tucker said the layoff information was given to the impacted subcontractors on Friday. al, 1 May 2020 The emergency fund will be distributed by ViacomCBS to the Motion Picture & Television Fund and The Actors Fund, charitable organizations already supporting impacted industry workers. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2020 The city’s health department has been slow to test people in an impacted unit and inconsistent in enforcing a quarantine. Jason W. Lloren, SFChronicle.com, 6 Apr. 2020 Sloane called on health officials to start collecting race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 patients, to identify those communities most impacted and direct intervention methods to them. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, 5 Apr. 2020 Knowing which communities are most impacted allows public health officials to tailor their messaging to overcome the distrust of black residents. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, 3 Apr. 2020 Pope Francis prayed for an end to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday in front of an empty St. Peter's Square, as Italy continues to remain one of the most impacted regions in the world. Fox News, 27 Mar. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impacted.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of impacted was in 1844

Dictionary Entries Near impacted

Cite this Entry

“Impacted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impacted. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

impacted

adjective
im·​pact·​ed im-ˈpak-təd How to pronounce impacted (audio)
1
: wedged between the jawbone and another tooth
an impacted molar
2
: packed or wedged in

Medical Definition

impacted

adjective
im·​pact·​ed im-ˈpak-təd How to pronounce impacted (audio)
1
a
: blocked by material (as feces) that is firmly packed or wedged in position
an impacted colon
b
: wedged or lodged in a bodily passage
an impacted mass of feces
an impacted fetus in the birth canal
2
: characterized by broken ends of bone driven together
an impacted fracture
3
of a tooth : wedged between the jawbone and another tooth
an impacted wisdom tooth
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Fashionable Words

  • dog-sunglasses-scarf
  • Which of these items is named for a deadly weapon?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY