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1  —as in:
her impact on foreign policy
Definition influence or effect
  • She is studying the long-term impact of global warming on costal areas.
impact = influence or effect
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The lawyer said that alcohol negatively impacted her ability to drive.
  • impacted = influenced or effected
  • She is having a tremendous impact on the art world.
  • impact = influence or effect
  • Harry's mouth fell open as the full impact of what he was seeing hit him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • impact = effect
  • Go to college, get a law degree, and then you'll be able to have a real impact.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • impact = influence or effect
  • His friend had told him it would make far more impact than him roaming from pillar to post.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • impact = impression or influence
  • She pulls out her schedule and begins to work out how the delay will impact every event for the rest of our lives.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • impact = influence or effect
  • Anyone who claims that the older folks have a more difficult time in the Annex doesn't realize that the problems have a far greater impact on us.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • impact = influence or effect
  • Some of Louie's friends spoke to him about his drinking, but their words had no impact.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • impact = influence or effect
  • Janie soon began to feel the impact of awe and envy against her sensibilities.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
impact = influence or effect

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2  —as in:
at the moment of impact
Definition collision (when two objects collide or crash)
  • The meteor impacted the moon.
impacted = collided with
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She was killed instantly at the moment of impact.
  • impact = collision
  • In the impact extrusion method, the metal is struck at high velocity and forced into a mold.
  • impact = hit
  • I caught a steel cylinder full in the stomach. The impact knocked me to the ground.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • impact = force from an object hitting another
  • Alai took the shock of impact and helped Ender make a fairly gentle landing against the wall.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • impact = force from an object hitting another
  • Men were drilled in preparing their planes for impact and equipping themselves for postcrash survival.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • impact = collision
  • And just before it hit he should pull back on the wheel and slow the plane down to reduce the impact.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • impact = force from an object hitting another
  • The impact threw me backward into Our Lady.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • impact = force from an object hitting another
  • He was jerked half around by the impact of the bullets, then slowly crumpled with a look of grim triumph on his face.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • impact = hit
  • The impact had cut your upper lip in two, clean down the middle.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
impact = hit

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3  —as in:
an impact sore
Definition pressed firmly
  • The tooth is impacted against another tooth.
impacted = pressed firmly
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • An impact ulcer is an area of skin that breaks down when something keeps pressing or rubbing against it.
  • impact = pressure
  • From this stupor he was aroused to a more immediate sense of reality by the impact on his cheek of a well-aimed packet of chewing-gum.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
impact = pressing

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