follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

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
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin impendēre to hang over, threaten. See im-1, pend
Related forms
superimpend, verb (used without object)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for impend
  • My announcement about forthcoming interest rates will impend.
British Dictionary definitions for impend

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for impend

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for impend

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends