impending

[im-pen-ding]

Origin:
1675–85; impend + -ing2

pending, impending.


1. See imminent.
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impend

[im-pend]
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

superimpend, verb (used without object)
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impend (ɪmˈpɛnd)
 
vb
1.  (esp of something threatening) to be about to happen; be imminent
2.  rare (foll by over) to be suspended; hang
 
[C16: from Latin impendēre to overhang, from pendēre to hang]
 
im'pendence
 
n
 
im'pendency
 
n
 
im'pending
 
adj

impending (ɪmˈpɛndɪŋ)
 
adj
about to happen; imminent

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impend
1599, from fig. use of L. impendere "to hang over, to be imminent," from in- "in" + pendere "hang" (see pendant).

impending
1717, from impend.
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Example sentences
And when you are in the business of putting a bold face on impending disaster,
  you have to put up with a lot of unpleasantness.
He also lectured me on enjoying my impending graduation and my sense of
  achievement.
One, my impending marriage has brought a bounty of new kitchen toys, including
  a stand mixer and a dutch oven.
Impending shortages could put a crimp in your plans.
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