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 Azimut’s designers paid close attention to details like supplementing the salon with extra cabinetry and ensuring the full-height refrigerator and stove did not impinge upon the salon’s open feel. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "Azimut’s New Design-Forward 53-Foot Yacht Has a Floating Flybridge," 13 Mar. 2021 The chief privacy officer most closely resembles the functions of the CRO, but with a singular focus on managing the risks that impinge upon privacy laws and regulations. Salvatore Stolfo, Forbes, "Make Room For The Chief Trust Officer In The C-Suite," 2 Mar. 2021 Opponents say the bill would impinge on First Amendment rights, particularly free speech and religious liberty. NBC News, "House passes sweeping LGBTQ rights bill," 25 Feb. 2021 But, those distractions really do impinge on your ability to enjoy a movie and process what’s going on. Popular Science, "How to make your living room feel more like a movie theater," 5 Dec. 2020 Critics fear that if enacted, the law would impinge on freedom of information and media rights. Fox News, "French lawmakers to rewrite proposed bill banning use of police images after outrage," 1 Dec. 2020 To date, however, efforts in the US to police the platforms have been hindered by a belief that any regulation would impinge on the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "No matter who wins the US election, the world's 'fake news' problem is here to stay," 25 Oct. 2020 During the hearing, Killeen also expressed concern about the possibility that a ruling could impinge on the governor’s executive authority. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom rebuked by Sutter County court for use of executive power amid COVID-19 pandemic," 2 Nov. 2020 Values in this sense are prior to facts, while facts impinge on our values from the outside. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, "Max Weber’s Agon," 11 June 2020

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Impinge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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