1 collision, contact, striking, crash, smash, bump, colliding, crashing, smashing, bumping:
The impact of the car against the stone wall was heard a mile away
2 effect, impression, influence, import, meaning, bearing, force, thrust, weight, burden, brunt, repercussions, results, consequences:
It is becoming clear that technology is having an adverse impact on the environment.
3 strike, hit, collide with:
When its orbit decays, the satellite will impact the surface of the moon
4 affect, modify, change:
I wonder how the news of the bankruptcy will impact share prices.
big, considerable, dramatic, enormous, great, high, huge, important, main, major, massive, powerful, profound, real, significant, strong, substantial, tremendous
a high-impact message aimed at changing high risk behaviour among drug-users
| limited, marginal, minimal/minimum, negligible | full
The industrial north of the country felt the full impact of the recession.
We'll show you how to dress for maximum impact at the all-important audition.
| overall, total | growing, increasing | added | disproportionate | uneven
the uneven impact of the debt crisis on developing countries
| aggregate, combined, cumulative
considering the cumulative impact of a series of damaging events
| decisive | direct
The railways made a direct physical impact on the landscape.
| immediate, instant | initial, short-term | lasting, long-term | far-reaching, wider
It is important to appreciate the wider impact and implications of this proposal.
| future, likely, possible, potential | beneficial, favourable, positive | adverse, catastrophic, damaging, devastating, disastrous, heavy, negative, serious, severe | human
The severest human impact on the dolphins has been the loss of habitat.
The personal impact of party leaders has been very important.
| physical, visual
seeking to reduce the visual impact of wind farms on the landscape
| cultural, ecological, economic, emotional, environmental, financial, health, political, psychological, social
The environmental impact of power generation is being assessed.
VERB + IMPACT
achieve, create, exert, have, make
Variations in the interest rate will have an impact on the whole housing market. You certainly made a big impact on Carter.
The initial impact of the reforms will be felt most keenly in primary schools.
| analyse, assess, consider, evaluate, examine, explore, judge, measure, monitor, study
It is difficult to judge the likely impact of the changes on employment patterns.
| enhance, increase, maximize | alleviate, cushion, lessen, minimize, reduce, soften
We are trying to minimize the impact of price rises on our customers.
| diminish, lessen, reduce, weaken
Listening to the speech through an interpreter lessened its impact somewhat.
When peace returned, the hardline message lost much of its impact.
| resist, withstand
This section explores how mothers resist the impact of poverty on the health of their children.
| be concerned about | appreciate | highlight | address | predict | reflect
Architecturally, these churches reflected the impact of the Renaissance.
under the ~ of
Manufacturing fell sharply under the impact of the recession.
| ~ on/upon
to highlight the impact of technology on working practices
2 act/force of one object hitting another
full | initial
VERB + IMPACT
The front coach of the train took the full impact of the crash.
| feel | absorb
A well-designed sports shoe should absorb the impact on the 28 bones in each foot.
| lessen, soften
Air bags are designed to soften the impact for crash victims.
| survive, withstand
The crew of six may have survived the initial impact, but the whole plane went up in flames seconds later.
IMPACT + VERB
Impact occurred seconds after the pilot signalled for help.
| knock sb/sth …
The impact knocked him off balance.
IMPACT + NOUN
speed | crater
Small meteorites have left impact craters all over the planet's surface.
The front of the car had crumpled on impact.
the moment/point/time of impact
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