Whether you have a habit of standing too close when talking to others or bringing luggage on a crowded rush-hour subway car, you'll find people don't like it when you impinge on their personal space.

When you impinge, you intrude on something, whether it’s someone else’s space, time, or rights. Think of it as moving in on someone’s territory. The word also can be used in the sense of affecting something, usually negatively, often by restricting it. For example, constantly inviting your friend to go shopping and meet you in nice restaurants might impinge on her desire to save money.

Definitions of impinge
  1. verb
    impinge or infringe upon
    “This impinges on my rights as an individual”
    synonyms: encroach, entrench, trench
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    type of:
    take advantage, trespass
    make excessive use of
  2. verb
    advance beyond the usual limit
    synonyms: encroach, infringe
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    type of:
    advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
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