im·​mi·​nent | \ ˈi-mə-nənt How to pronounce imminent (audio) \

Definition of imminent

: ready to take place : happening soon … systems engineers have become rather blasé about the imminent liftoff.— Steven L. Thompson often used of something bad or dangerous seen as menacingly near imminent disasterLike books, board games appear headed for imminent demise at the hands of cathode-ray terminals.— Will Manley

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imminently adverb

Examples of imminent in a Sentence

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the local authorities were momentarily stunned, and began frantically trying to prepare for what they feared were further imminent attacks. — Richard A. Clarke, Atlantic, January/February 2005 The compression squashes the bullet slightly, enabling about a half-dozen spiral grooves cut along the barrel's inner wall to grab the bullet and make it spin. That spin stabilizes the bullet's imminent flight. — Peter Weiss, Science News, 11 Jan. 2003 Plaints about the imminent demise of the language are made in every century. But there is usually nothing inherently wrong with most changes the purists deplore. — Steven Pinker, New York Times, 24 Dec. 1999 We are awaiting their imminent arrival. These patients are facing imminent death.
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The market took this to mean that an economy-boosting rate cut was imminent and stocks rallied, as lower interest rates are good for companies. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Will the Fed boost or disappoint markets? Stocks to open flat as investors await Powell," 19 June 2019 President Trump tweeted Monday night that new, widespread immigration raids are imminent. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week," 18 June 2019 No evacuations have been ordered, and none are imminent, forest officials said in the report. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire breaches 40,000-acre mark, community meeting planned Tuesday in Gold Canyon," 18 June 2019 According to a league source, the Celtics will continue to explore ways to potentially use some of those picks in deals for other current players, but that nothing was imminent. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Anthony Davis dealt to Lakers; Celtics look to youth, Draft," 15 June 2019 Immediately after, several ex-employees told Quartz, the Patras and Menon called a staff meeting where Varsha and Menon promised that structural changes were imminent. Aria Thaker, Quartz at Work, "How Indian media company Homegrown imploded in the wake of #MeToo," 11 June 2019 The Texans have until July 15 to sign Clowney to a long-term contract extension, but sources say no deal is imminent and negotiations aren't active. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Status quo for Texans franchise player Jadeveon Clowney after Brian Gaine firing," 11 June 2019 Martinez said police informed her Joiner’s arrest was imminent on Friday. Chris Harris,, "Ex-College Football Star and Teammate of Aaron Hernandez' Is Accused of Murdering Wife," 10 June 2019 Top White House officials had insisted the tariffs were imminent if Mexico didn't drastically crack down on the flow of migrants. CBS News, "Trump says U.S. and Mexico reach last-minute deal to avoid tariffs," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of imminent

1528, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imminent

Latin imminent-, imminens, present participle of imminēre to project, threaten, from in- + -minēre (akin to Latin mont-, mons mountain) — more at mount

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English Language Learners Definition of imminent

: happening very soon


im·​mi·​nent | \ ˈi-mə-nənt How to pronounce imminent (audio) \

Kids Definition of imminent

: being about to happen imminent danger

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