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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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Examples for impending
  • 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.
  • So sorry to hear about the stress of impending surgery.
  • 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.
  • Instead of anecdotal, sporadic reports, pilots now have a nearly real-time sense of impending turbulence.
  • impending shortages could put a crimp in your plans.
  • The evening was not far distant, and the crisis of the storm seemed still more closely impending.
  • His reflections revolved round the immediate past and the impending future.
  • But the stamp of impending legitimacy has yielded a mixed harvest for workers.
  • Relatively few animals have been reported dead, however, reviving speculation that animals somehow sense impending disaster.
British Dictionary definitions for impending

impending

/ɪmˈpɛndɪŋ/
adjective
1.
about to happen; imminent

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
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Word Origin and History for impending
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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