imminent

adjective
im·​mi·​nent | \ ˈi-mə-nənt \

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 series wrapped filming in December, so a premiere date should be imminent! Vogue, "The 9 Pop-Culture Events We’re Most Excited About in 2019," 28 Dec. 2018 And while Microsoft might have been poised to eat the internet, Facebook is often accused of actually doing so and of being a global private government and an imminent threat to democracy to boot. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How the antitrust battles of the ‘90s set the stage for today’s tech giants," 6 Sep. 2018 Fans had speculated that perhaps new material was imminent, but nothing was confirmed until today. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Zayn's New Album "Icarus Falls" Has 27 Songs," 29 Nov. 2018 News of McAnear’s imminent departure comes just days after Dave Morton, Tesla’s chief accounting officer, resigned following less than one month on the job. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla’s global finance head is leaving the company," 12 Sep. 2018 There was some buzz in the courtroom that the jury's request meant that a verdict might be imminent, or that a block of charges was being completed. Catherine Herridge, Jason Donner, Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Excitement in Manafort trial courtroom as jury deliberates," 20 Aug. 2018 Yet after a spate of stunning results and big-name departures who were dispatched from Russia, the championship has, with eight teams left and the quarterfinals imminent, opened up significantly. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The chances a long-suffering nation wins the World Cup is greater than normal," 4 July 2018 The two, fleeing what Souza characterized as imminent, personal violence in their native Brazil and seeking asylum, were separated by immigration authorities at the US-Mexican border last month. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "A Brazilian mother seeking asylum was freed from detention. Her son was not," 22 June 2018 This typically comes into play for retirement gifts, Shaub said, when concerns about influencing the supervisor aren't at issue because of the supervisor's imminent departure. Gregory Wallace, CNN, "Pruitt apartment search help may have broken ethics rules, experts say," 17 May 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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imminent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of imminent

: happening very soon

imminent

adjective
im·​mi·​nent | \ ˈi-mə-nənt \

Kids Definition of imminent

: being about to happen imminent danger

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