V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to strike or hit; 2. to encroach, infringe, impose, or intrude; 3. to have an influence on

Synonyms: strike, hit, encroach, trespass, infringe, impose, intrude, intervene, influence


Tips: Impinge is derived from the Latin impingere, "drive into, strike against." This meaning of impinge is still in use. Impinge also means "to encroach or impose." Think "driving yourself" into someone else's space, schedule, or house when you're not wanted or expected.

Usage Examples:

I hope our sudden visit doesn't impinge on your schedule. (infringe, impose)

These 5 o'clock board meetings are starting to impinge on my personal time. (encroach, infringe)

I used the hammer to impinge the stake into the ground. (strike, hit)

My boss keeps impinging on my family time by asking me to come into the office on Saturdays. (infringing, imposing)

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