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imminent

Definition:

close in time; about to occur

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

imminence | imminency

Derivative:

imminently

Comparative:

more imminent

Superlative:

most imminent

Similar to:

close

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

in imminent danger

Synonyms:

at hand [predicate] | close at hand [predicate] | impendent | impending

Etymology:

Latin imminentem (nominative imminens), present participle of imminere "to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

imminent | impending [synonym, sense-specific] | imminence [derived] | imminentness [noun, derived]

liable to happen soon; impending | [obsolete] jutting out or overhanging (10 of 540 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

imminent | impending [synonym] | looming [synonym] | pending [synonym] | threatening [synonym] | imminently [adverb, related] | approaching [similar] | coming [similar] | forthcoming [similar] | ...

ready to take place ; especially, hanging threateningly over one's head (11 of 243 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Imminence [disambiguation] | imminent

the quality of being imminent, i.e. about to occur. Imminence is used: In law: Imminent threat, justification for the use of force in international law | Right of self-defense for civilians requires a similar "imminent" threat | Assault (tort),... (37 of 215 words, 13 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

imminent | imminence [derived] | imminently [derived]

about to happen | [archaic] : overhanging. (6 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/imminent

Wiktionary:

imminent | inevitable [synonym] | immediate [synonym] | impending [synonym]

about to happen, occur, or take place very soon, especially of something which won't last long. (16 of 76 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

imminent | imminently [adverb, related] | imminentness [noun, related]

About to occur; impending (4 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

imminent | imminently [adverb, related]

likely or certain to happen very soon (7 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/imminent

New World Dictionary:

imminent | imminently [adverb, related]

likely to happen without delay; impending; threatening: said of danger, evil, misfortune (12 of 35 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

imminent | imminently [adverb, derived] | imminence [noun, derived]

coming or likely to happen very soon (7 of 24 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/imminent

Random House Dictionary:

imminent

likely to occur at any moment; impending. | projecting or leaning forward; overhanging. (12 of 23 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

imminent

about to happen, or threatening to happen (7 of 43 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620265​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

imminent

First use: 1520s

Origin: Latin imminentem (nominative imminens), present participle of imminere "to overhang, impend, be near", from assimilated form of ... (18 of 36 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

imminent

Origin: Middle English iminent, from Old French imminent, from Latin imminēns, imminent-, present participle of imminēre, ... (15 of 34 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

imminent

Origin: the present participle of Latin imminēre ("to overhang"), from mineō ("to project, overhang"), related to minae (English menace) and mons (English mount). Compare with eminent.

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impendent

Origin: Latin impendens.

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Merriam-Webster:

imminent

First use: 1528

Origin: Latin imminent-, imminens, present participle of imminēre to project, threaten, from in- + -minēre (akin to Latin mont-, mons mountain)

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Oxford Dictionary:

imminent

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin imminent- "overhanging, impending", from the verb imminere, from in- "upon, towards" + minere "to project"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/imminent

Collins Dictionary:

imminent

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin imminēre to project over, from im- (in) + -minēre to project; related to mons mountain

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/imminent

New World Dictionary:

imminent

Origin: Latin imminens, present participle of imminere, to project over, threaten from in-, on + minere, to project: see "menace"

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impendent

Origin: Latin impendens, present participle of impendere

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Encarta Dictionary:

imminent

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Latin imminent-, present participle of imminere "hang over" from minere "to project"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620265​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

imminent

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Collins Dictionary:

imminent

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

imminent

Audio: British English pronunciation of "imminent"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

imminent

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Cambridge Dictionary:

imminent

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "imminent"

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the Free Dictionary:

imminent

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impendent

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Google Dictionary:

imminent

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

imminent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "imminent"

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impendent

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YourDictionary Audio:

imminent

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impendent

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