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IMPACT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impact mean? 

IMPACT (noun)
  The noun IMPACT has 4 senses:

1. the striking of one body against another
2. a forceful consequence; a strong effect
3. influencing strongly
4. the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

  Familiarity information: IMPACT used as a noun is uncommon.


IMPACT (verb)
  The verb IMPACT has 2 senses:

1. press or wedge together; pack together
2. have an effect upon

  Familiarity information: IMPACT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPACT (noun)


Sense 1impact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The striking of one body against another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("impact" is a kind of...):

contact; impinging; striking (the physical coming together of two or more things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "impact"):

blow; bump (an impact (as from a collision))

slam (a forceful impact that makes a loud noise)


Sense 2impact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A forceful consequence; a strong effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

wallop; impact

Context examples:

the book had an important impact on my thinking / the book packs a wallop

Hypernyms ("impact" is a kind of...):

consequence; effect; event; issue; outcome; result; upshot (a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon)


Sense 3impact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Influencing strongly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

impingement; encroachment; impact

Context example:

they resented the impingement of American values on European culture

Hypernyms ("impact" is a kind of...):

influence (causing something without any direct or apparent effort)


Sense 4impact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

shock; impact

Context example:

the armies met in the shock of battle

Hypernyms ("impact" is a kind of...):

combat; fight; fighting; scrap (the act of fighting; any contest or struggle)


IMPACT (verb)


Sense 1impact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Press or wedge together; pack together

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "impact" is one way to...):

force; squeeze; wedge (squeeze like a wedge into a tight space)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2impact [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have an effect upon

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

affect; bear upon; bear on; impact; touch on; touch

Context example:

Will the new rules affect me?

Hypernyms (to "impact" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "impact"):

act upon; influence; work (have and exert influence or effect)

bother; discommode; disoblige; incommode; inconvenience; put out; trouble (to cause inconvenience or discomfort to)

subject (cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to)

hit; strike (affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely)

endanger; expose; peril; queer; scupper (put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position)

color; colour; distort; tinge (affect as in thought or feeling)

hydrolise; hydrolize (make a compound react with water and undergo hydrolysis)

process; treat (subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition)

excite; stimulate (act as a stimulant)

redound (have an effect for good or ill)

tell on (produce an affect or strain on somebody)

repercuss (cause repercussions; have an unwanted effect)

strike a blow (affect adversely)

slam-dunk (make a forceful move against)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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