im·​pact·​ed | \ im-ˈpak-təd How to pronounce impacted (audio) \

Definition of impacted

1 of a tooth : wedged between the jawbone and another tooth
2a : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 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,, 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 The president has directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for certain impacted individuals and businesses. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of impacted

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Impacted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impacted

: growing under another tooth


im·​pact·​ed | \ im-ˈpak-təd How to pronounce impacted (audio) \

Medical Definition of impacted

1a : 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


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