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impending

[im-pen-ding] /ɪmˈpɛn dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
about to happen; imminent:
their impending marriage.
2.
imminently threatening or menacing:
an impending storm.
3.
Archaic. overhanging.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; impend + -ing2
Can be confused
pending, impending.
Synonyms
1. See imminent.

impend

[im-pend] /ɪmˈpɛnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be imminent; be about to happen.
2.
to threaten or menace:
He felt that danger impended.
3.
Archaic. to hang or be suspended; overhang (usually followed by over).
Origin
1580-90; < Latin impendēre to hang over, threaten. See im-1, pend
Related forms
superimpend, verb (used without object)
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British Dictionary definitions for imp ending

impend

/ɪmˈpɛnd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(esp of something threatening) to be about to happen; be imminent
2.
(foll by over) (rare) to be suspended; hang
Derived Forms
impendence, impendency, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin impendēre to overhang, from pendēre to hang

impending

/ɪmˈpɛndɪŋ/
adjective
1.
about to happen; imminent
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Word Origin and History for imp ending

impend

v.

1590s, from figurative use of Latin impendere "to hang over, to be imminent," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + pendere "hang" (see pendant). Related: Impended; impending.

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