impinge

verb
im·pinge | \ im-ˈpinj \
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 \ noun

Examples of impinge in a Sentence

hail was noisily impinging upon the car's exterior

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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, chicagotribune.com, "Twitter is sweeping out fake accounts like never before, putting user growth at risk," 7 July 2018 The state party filed an unsuccessful lawsuit in May, tortuously arguing that RCV impinged on their rights of association under the First Amendment. The Economist, "In praise of ranked-choice voting," 14 June 2018 Both that business case, and the idea that drug laws impinge on personal liberty, make marijuana reform a compelling cause for Gardner’s libertarian wing of the Republican party. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why President Trump May Well Flip-Flop on Marijuana Legalization," 9 June 2018 The ministry insisted that the law would not impinge on freedom of expression or the protection of journalists' sources. Laura Smith-spark And Saskya Vandoorne, CNN, "As France debates fake news bill, critics see threat to free speech," 7 June 2018 In between snuggling her two youngest kids and refereeing a video game the older ones were playing, Pruett described to me some of the ways that the family’s financial crisis had impinged on her academic life. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 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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impinge on/upon

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