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

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 Ever-changing global travel restrictions continue to impinge on our ability to explore the world freely. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 The judge also raised concerns that shutting down the NRA could impinge the free speech and assembly rights of its millions of members. NBC News, 3 Mar. 2022 So Ladapo’s declaration should not impinge on the ability of doctors to vaccinate children. Helen Branswell, STAT, 10 Mar. 2022 Our citizens deserve to know why these global threats matter and impinge on our very way of life. Roger Wicker, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 There’s so many factors that can impinge upon the expression of that bond. Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2022 The future is also what other people make of it, how other people will participate in it and impinge upon your experience of it. Simon Webster, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2021 While popping a few over-the-counter NSAID pills may seem relatively harmless, these drugs can impinge on many of the body’s organ systems, and the gut is no exception. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2020 While Herra wholeheartedly tries to assimilate into her new extended family, cultural differences frequently impinge on her relationship with her husband. Alissa Simon, Variety, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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19 Apr 2022

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“Impinge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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