impact

  

Definition

Measure of the tangible and intangible effects (consequences) of one thing's or entity's action or influence upon another.

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  • The full environmental impact of the fertilizer company's decision to dump waste straight into the river would not be known for several decades.

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  • You could tell that the divorce had had an impact on her self-esteem, as she was now inclined to wear low-cut tops and yield to even the slightest degree of interest from the opposite sex.

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  • The two cars collided into one, the impact of which ended up killing the driver of the red car, while the driver of the blue car was seriously injured and hospitalized

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