impacts synonyms, impacts antonyms
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impact | definition of impact by merriam-webster
impact, collision, shock, concussion mean a forceful, even violent contact between two or more things. impact may be used to imply contact between two things, at least one of which is impelled toward the other.
the glass shattered on impact with the floor
collision implies the coming together of two or more things with such force that both or all are damaged or their progress is severely impeded.
the collision damaged the vehicle
shock often denotes the effect produced by a collision and carries the suggestion of something that strikes or hits with force.
the shock of falling rocks
concussion when not in technical use, often suggests the shattering, disrupting, or weakening effects of a collision, explosion, or blow.
bystanders felt the concussion of the blast
You may occasionally run into claims that impact is not a verb, or that it is somehow ill-suited to a role in this part of speech. Not only is that not the case, but the verb form of impact is much older than the noun form. It is possible that the word started attracting more displeasure when it began being widely used in a figurative sense as a transitive verb ("we expect the recession to impact the company"). The word is certainly a verb, although before using it in this manner in writing it is worth considering your audience, and whether members of it are likely to consider this use problematic.
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