[ im-pinj ]
See synonyms for: impingeimpingement on

verb (used without object),im·pinged, im·ping·ing.
  1. to make an impression; have an effect or impact (usually followed by on or upon): to impinge upon the imagination; social pressures that impinge upon one's daily life.

  2. to encroach; infringe (usually followed by on or upon): to impinge on another's rights.

  1. to strike; dash; collide (usually followed by on, upon, or against): rays of light impinging on the eye.

verb (used with object),im·pinged, im·ping·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.

Origin of impinge

First recorded in 1525–35; from Medieval Latin impingere “to strike against, drive at,” equivalent to Latin im- prefix meaning “in” (see im-1) + -pingere, combining form of pangere “to fasten, drive in, fix”; see impact

Other words from impinge

  • im·ping·ent, adjective
  • im·ping·er, noun
  • im·pinge·ment, noun
  • un·im·ping·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with impinge

Words Nearby impinge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use impinge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impinge


/ (ɪmˈpɪndʒ) /

  1. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to encroach or infringe; trespass: to impinge on someone's time

  2. (intr; usually foll by on, against, or upon) to collide (with); strike

Origin of impinge

C16: from Latin impingere to drive at, dash against, from pangere to fasten, drive in

Derived forms of impinge

  • impingement, noun
  • impinger, noun

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