imminent

adjective
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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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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Because of a union seniority clause, new teachers are often the first to be displaced — so Jenkins, a teacher at West Seattle Elementary School, knew a transfer to another school might be imminent. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "As Seattle school district displaces teachers, educators of color worry about relationships with students," 1 Apr. 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's move to Frogmore Cottage is now imminent, and set to take place before the couple's first baby arrives. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Assistant Private Secretary Amy Pickerill Has Quit," 9 Mar. 2019 Even in the face of imminent, wall-spattering death or toenail-pulling torture, the speech of Inishmoreans exudes a homogenizing prosiness. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 But an analysis of close to 4,000 very long-lived Italians suggests that the rise in the risk of imminent death continues to slow until the age of 105. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Can humans reach even older age? We haven't maxed out yet, some scientists say," 28 June 2018 These outliers tend to be politicians who are either retiring or, in the case of John McCain, facing their imminent death. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump is Trump but the GOP is the real threat to American global leadership.," 10 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter But the restaurant’s imminent death surely has something to do with the decline in political drinking. The Economist, "Last orders for political drinking," 31 May 2018 The possibility of imminent danger, however small, poses a complex challenge for school administrators, who must sometimes make critical decisions within seconds. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Photo by Jenny Staletovicch The lake is ringed by an aging earthen dike that in 2008 was found to be in imminent danger of failing. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018

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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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The first known use of imminent was in 1528

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imminent

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English Language Learners Definition of imminent

: happening very soon

imminent

adjective
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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