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.
Recent Examples of imminent from the Web
While the Fed’s wind-down is imminent, the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are still proceeding with asset purchases.
And a deputy commissioner said aviation officers were under instructions not to board planes unless there was an imminent threat.
Without that step, Illinois was at imminent risk of another downgrade, which could have scared off individual investors who dominate the market and left some mutual funds unable to buy its debt.
The health department has helped pioneer a new system called Swimcast that gathers information like water temperature, wind strength and direction and other factors to try and predict when a beach closing might be imminent.
According to TMZ, if West takes his next album -- a release date is not yet known, and unlikely to be imminent, though the rapper is continually working on new music -- to another streaming service, Tidal will sue.
IndyStar's Nate Taylor reports that no trade is imminent, but the Pacers believe Joseph fits their plan for a rebuild.
But sometimes baling hay on future commercial property falls by the wayside once the land is platted and development is imminent, Welcome said.
Buffett's move could be imminent after the Bank of America passed the second round of the annual bank stress tests Wednesday, allowing the firm to raise its dividends up to 48 cents per share annually.
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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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