impinge on/upon

Definition of impinge on/upon


  1. :  to affect (something) in a way that is unwanted :  to have a bad effect on (something) Her work is impinging on her social life. The government wants to avoid impinging upon the affairs of private citizens.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to strike or dash especially with a sharp collision

    :  to have an effect :  make an impression

    :  encroach, infringe

  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

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