Definition of imminent
: ready to take place; especially : hanging threateningly over one's head was in imminent danger of being run over
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.
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
First Known Use: 1528
IMMINENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imminent for English Language Learners
: happening very soon
IMMINENT Defined for Kids
Definition of imminent for Students
: being about to happen imminent danger
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