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
G.M. started building one of the world’s most advanced battery testing facilities in 2008, around the time the company faced imminent death after the financial crisis.
Brussels, the capital, was virtually shut down in November after attacks in and around Paris left 130 people dead and the authorities warning of the possibility of an imminent attack in Belgium.
Forty minutes is regarded as the point at which players’ bodies start to cough and shimmy and are at imminent risk of overheating.
This is an independent director who never seemed to care much about speaking to Mr. Redstone before his removal was imminent.
The U.S. State Department subsequently warned American travelers heading to Europe that more attacks are imminent.
Although critics of Confederate symbols were encouraged by their victories last year, people on both sides of the debate said few other significant changes appeared imminent.
For years, environmentalists have hoped that the imminent exhaustion of oil will, in effect, force us to undergo this virtuous transition; given a choice between no power and solar power, even the most shortsighted person would choose the latter.
Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday doesn't come with the door-busters, the midnight deals, or the imminent threat of being trampled.
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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
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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