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impending

verb

adjective

Etymology summary

from Latin impendēre to overhang, from pendēre to hang
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

impending | impend | imminent [synonym, sense-specific] | hang [synonym, sense-specific] | impendence [derived] | impendency [noun, derived]

about to happen; imminent | (especially of something threatening) to be about to happen; be imminent | followed by over [rare] to be suspended; hang (23 of 471 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

impend | hang [synonym, sense-specific] | impendence [derived] | impendency [noun, derived]

(especially of something threatening) to be about to happen; be imminent | followed by over [rare] to be suspended; hang (19 of 273 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

impend | impending

(usually as adjective "impending") | be about to happen | [archaic] : (of something bad) be looming (15 of 54 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/impend

American Heritage Dictionary:

impend | impended [past tense] | impending [present participle] | impends [3rd-person singular present]

To be about to occur | To threaten to happen; menace | [archaic] To jut out; hang suspended. (16 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impend

Macmillan British Dictionary:

impending [only before noun]

an impending event or situation, especially an unpleasant one, is one that will happen very soon (16 of 50 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

New World Dictionary:

impend | impending [adjective, related]

[rare] to hang or be suspended (over) | to be about to happen; be imminent ; to threaten (17 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impend

Cambridge Dictionary:

impending

describes an event, usually something unpleasant or unwanted, that is going to happen soon (14 of 33 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/impending

Random House Dictionary:

impending | impendent | overhanging [archaic, synonym, sense-specific]

about to happen; imminent. | imminently threatening or menacing. | [archaic] overhanging (10 of 23 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/impending

impend

to be imminent; be about to happen. | to threaten or menace. | [archaic] to hang or be suspended; overhang (usually followed by "over"). (22 of 34 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/impend

Wiktionary:

impending | imminent [synonym, sense-specific] | Approaching [synonym, sense-specific]

Approaching; drawing near; about to happen | Present participle of impend. (10 of 12 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impending

impend [intransitive] | impended [past tense] | impending [present participle] | impends [3rd-person singular present]

to be about to happen or occur, especially of something which takes some time such as a process or procedure rather than just a short event. "To impend" often has the connotation of threat. (34 of 36 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impend

Merriam-Webster:

impend | menace [synonym, sense-specific] | brew [synonym, sense-specific] | loom [synonym, sense-specific] | advance [similar, sense-specific] | approach [similar, sense-specific] | close in [similar, sense-specific] | draw on [similar, sense-specific] | gather [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to hover threateningly; "menace" ; to be about to occur | [archaic] to hang suspended (14 of 116 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/impend

Encarta Dictionary:

impending

about to happen (3 of 14 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861676777​/definition​.html  [offline]

impend | impended [past tense] | impending [present participle] | impends [3rd-person singular present]

to be threateningly close to happening (formal) | to hover or hang above something, usually in a threatening way (literary) (19 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620360​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

impending | impend

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin impendēre to overhang, from pendēre to hang

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

Wiktionary:

impending

Origin: Latin impendere ("to overhang").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impending

impend [intransitive] | impended [past tense] | impending [present participle] | impends [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin impendere ("to hang over, to weigh out").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/impend

Online Etymology:

impend

First use: 1590s

Origin: 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".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=impend

New World Dictionary:

impend

Origin: Latin impendere, to overhang, threaten from in-, in + pendere, to hang, probably from Indo-European base *spend-, to pull, stretch derives "spin"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impend

American Heritage Dictionary:

impend | impended [past tense] | impending [present participle] | impends [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin impendēre: in-, over; see "in-" [entry 2] + pendēre, to hang; see spen- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impend

Oxford Dictionary:

impend | impending

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Latin impendere, from in- "towards, upon" + pendere "hang"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/impend

Merriam-Webster:

impend

First use: 1585

Origin: Latin impendēre, from in- + pendēre to hang

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/impend

Encarta Dictionary:

impend | impended [past tense] | impending [present participle] | impends [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin impendere "hang over" from pendere "hang"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620360​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

impending | impend

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "impending"

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

impend

Audio: British English pronunciation of "impend"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

impending [only before noun]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "impending"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

impending [only before noun]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "impending"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/impending

Cambridge Dictionary:

impending

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "impending"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "impending"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/impending

the Free Dictionary:

impending

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "impending"

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www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/impending

impend

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "impend"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "impend"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "impend" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

impend | impended [past tense] | impending [present participle] | impends [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "impend"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

impend

Audio: North American pronunciation of "impend"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=impend​01 word=impend

YourDictionary Audio:

impend

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "impend" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/impend

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