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

Examples of impacted in a Sentence

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, "CAA Restricts Travel, Meetings Over Coronavirus Concerns," 5 Mar. 2020 Tucker said the layoff information was given to the impacted subcontractors on Friday. al, "Airbus to lay off 14 subcontractors at Mobile engineering center," 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, "ViacomCBS Launches $100 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund," 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,, "Bay Briefing: Coronavirus — ‘The more we learn, the more we can fight’," 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,, "Coronavirus: People continue gathering in and around Cincinnati, against health tips. Why?," 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, "Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate," 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, "Pope Francis, in desolate St. Peter's Square, prays for end to coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 The president has directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for certain impacted individuals and businesses. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "List: Trump’s 43 virus moves aims for South Korea’s 99.3% recovery rate," 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 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of impacted

of a tooth : 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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