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

Definition of impinge

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from impinge

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

Examples of impinge in a Sentence

hail was noisily impinging upon the car's exterior
Recent Examples on the Web But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come under strong criticism for the hotels, which some civil rights advocates say impinge the constitutional right to liberty. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 Health experts say mandates are vital to getting enough of the population protected to curb the spread of the virus, while some officials and segments of the population are arguing such mandates impinge on personal freedom. Madeline Holcombe And Chris Boyette, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Restrictions on gatherings aimed at curbing infections can impinge on democratic freedoms. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2021 Top of mind today is the Kremlin’s tolerance of, and possible participation in, cyberattacks that increasingly impinge directly on everyday Americans. WSJ, 4 June 2021 How often does a real sense of the breathtaking scale of cooperation and contribution by our fellow men and women across the globe to the delicate and complex supply chains that redound to our household goods ever impinge on our consciousness? Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 3 July 2021 Where many see a continued need to protect children who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19, opponents argue that masks make students uncomfortable and mandates impinge on freedom. Fox News, 13 May 2021 Liberal and civil rights Jewish groups, meanwhile, expressed disappointment — but also relief that the court’s decision was narrow and unlikely to impinge on other church-state separations. Ron Kampeas,, 23 June 2021 Those include Europe’s excessive food-safety standards that inhibit U.S. agricultural exports and overreaching data-privacy regulations that threaten to impinge on the trans-Atlantic digital economy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of impinge

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for impinge

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

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The first known use of impinge was in 1605

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10 Sep 2021

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“Impinge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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