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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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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For now, such a change is not imminent, although Amy Binder, a spokeswoman for the WTA, said that the tour was open to further discussion. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Keeping Cori Gauff Healthy and Sane," 2 July 2019 Buckner became eligible for a contract extension this offseason, but there have been reports a deal is not imminent. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ deal with Joe Staley gives offensive line long-term stability," 6 June 2019 The system can trigger the brakes automatically if a collision is deemed imminent and if the driver doesn’t appear set to respond in time. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking," 13 Feb. 2019 The lava started flowing in early May, and last week, the U.S. Geological Survey changed the advisory warning on Kilauea to red status, warning that a major eruption is imminent or underway. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Traveling to Hawaii During the Kilauea Eruption," 24 May 2018 The market took this to mean that an economy-boosting rate cut was imminent and stocks rallied, as lower interest rates are good for companies. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Will the Fed boost or disappoint markets? Stocks to open flat as investors await Powell," 19 June 2019 President Trump tweeted Monday night that new, widespread immigration raids are imminent. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week," 18 June 2019 No evacuations have been ordered, and none are imminent, forest officials said in the report. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire breaches 40,000-acre mark, community meeting planned Tuesday in Gold Canyon," 18 June 2019 According to a league source, the Celtics will continue to explore ways to potentially use some of those picks in deals for other current players, but that nothing was imminent. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Anthony Davis dealt to Lakers; Celtics look to youth, Draft," 15 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of imminent

: happening very soon


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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