[ im-pinj ]
/ ɪmˈpɪndʒ /
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verb (used without object), im·pinged, im·ping·ing.

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

Obsolete. to come into violent contact with.



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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
im·ping·ent, adjectiveim·ping·er, nounim·pinge·ment, nounun·im·ping·ing, adjective
infringe, impinge
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British Dictionary definitions for impinge

/ (ɪmˈpɪndʒ) /


(intr; usually foll by on or upon) to encroach or infringe; trespassto impinge on someone's time
(intr; usually foll by on, against, or upon) to collide (with); strike
impingement, nounimpinger, noun
C16: from Latin impingere to drive at, dash against, from pangere to fasten, drive in
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