im·​pinge | \ im-ˈpinj How to pronounce impinge (audio) \
impinged; impinging

Definition of impinge

intransitive verb

1 : to strike or dash especially with a sharp collision I heard the rain impinge upon the earth— James Joyce
2 : to have an effect : make an impression waiting for the germ of a new idea to impinge upon my mind— Phyllis Bentley
3 : encroach, infringe impinge on other people's rights

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Other Words from impinge

impingement \ im-​ˈpinj-​mənt How to pronounce impingement (audio) \ noun

Examples of impinge in a Sentence

hail was noisily impinging upon the car's exterior

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Some petitioners argue Aadhaar impinges on basic constitutional rights. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "India’s vast biometric ID program was supposed to end corruption. But the neediest may be hit hardest.," 25 Mar. 2018 Photo: Steve Mellon/Associated Press Opponents say the changes would impinge on the rights of law-abiding citizens and wouldn’t make the city safer. Kris Maher, WSJ, "After Synagogue Attack, Pittsburgh’s Push for Stricter Gun Laws Sparks Backlash," 11 Feb. 2019 Yet making your own DNA public may impinge on your relatives’ privacy. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "The Making of a DNA Detective," 15 Feb. 2019 Clearly, Lynk & Co is not going to impinge on fellow Geely brand Volvo’s position as a design leader. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2020 Lynk & Co 03: Sino-Swedish Sedan Spied," 21 Mar. 2018 And since the election took place under a state of emergency, severe restrictions impinged on the opposition’s ability to hold rallies and protests. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "Five Takeaways From Turkey’s Election," 25 June 2018 When the immigrants from other countries impinge themselves on us. Eve Fairbanks, The New Republic, "The World in a World Cup," 5 July 2018 Porter's suit claimed the laws are arbitrary, anti-competitive and irrational, impinge on his right to earn a living and serve no legitimate government interest. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds ban on funeral home-cemetery ownership," 27 June 2018 Political leaders have demanded that Silicon Valley do better in the 2018 mid-term elections despite a lack of new laws or clear federal guidance on how to crack down on disinformation without impinging on constitutional guarantees of free speech. Craig Timberg And Elizabeth Dwoskin,, "Twitter is sweeping out fake accounts like never before, putting user growth at risk," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of impinge

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for impinge

Latin impingere, from in- + pangere to fasten, drive in — more at pact

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