imminent

adjective im·mi·nent \ ˈi-mə-nənt \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of imminent

: ready to take place; especially : hanging threateningly over one's head
  • was in imminent danger of being run over

imminently

adverb

Examples of imminent in a Sentence

  1. 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. ClarkeAtlanticJanuary/February 2005
  2. 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 WeissScience News11 Jan. 2003
  3. 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 PinkerNew York Times24 Dec. 1999
  4. We are awaiting their imminent arrival.

  5. These patients are facing imminent death.

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Origin and Etymology of imminent

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

IMMINENT Defined for English Language Learners

imminent

adjective

Definition of imminent for English Language Learners

  • : happening very soon


IMMINENT Defined for Kids

imminent

adjective im·mi·nent \ ˈi-mə-nənt \

Definition of imminent for Students

: being about to happen
  • imminent danger


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