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v. im·pinged, im·ping·ing, im·ping·es
a. To encroach on or limit something, such as a right: "powerful institutions of government that inhibited free enterprise and impinged on commercial—and by extension private—liberties" (Greg Critser).
b. Usage Problem To have an effect or influence: "Any consequence of a change in alleles ... is fair game for natural selection, so long as it impinges on the survival of the responsible allele, relative to its rivals" (Richard Dawkins).
a. To collide or strike against something: Sound waves impinge on the eardrum.
b. To advance over or press upon something: pain caused by a bone impinging upon a nerve.
To encroach upon; limit: "One of a democratic government's continuing challenges is finding a way to protect ... secrets without impinging the liberties that democracy exists to protect" (Christian Science Monitor).
Usage Note: The use of impinge meaning "to encroach; trespass," as in Americans dislike any policy that impinges on their liberty, is well established as standard. However, when impinge is used more loosely to mean "to have an effect" the Usage Panel is split. In our 2001 survey, only 47 percent of the Panel found the following sentence to be acceptable: What the recovered diary revealed about the villagers directly impinged on the lives of people living there many years later.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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
[C16: from Latin impingere to drive at, dash against, from pangere to fasten, drive in]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v.i. -pinged, -ping•ing.
1. to encroach; infringe: to impinge on another's rights.
2. to strike; collide: light impinging on the lens.
3. to make an impression; have an effect: ideas that impinge upon the imagination.
[1525–35; < Medieval Latin impingere to cause to colllide, force = Latin im- im-1 + -pingere, comb. form of pangere to fasten, drive in, fix; compare impact]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
impinge, infringe - To impinge is to come into contact or encroach or have an impact; to infringe is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate.
See also related terms for impact.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: impinged
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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|Verb||1.||impinge - impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"|
|2.||impinge - advance beyond the usual limit|
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impinge on or upon something invade, violate, encroach on, trespass on, infringe on, make inroads on, obtrude on If he were at home all the time he would impinge on my space.
impinge on or upon something or someone affect, influence, relate to, impact on, touch, touch upon, have a bearing on, bear upon These cuts have impinged on the region's largest employers.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
impinge[ɪmˈpɪndʒ] VI to impinge on sth/sb → incidir en algo/algn, afectar a algo/algn
to impinge on sb's freedom/rights → vulnerar la libertad/los derechos de algn
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impinge[ɪmˈpɪndʒ] vi to impinge on (person, situation) → influire su; (freedom, independence) → violare; (rights) → ledere
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