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
For some leaders, the climate threat is imminent enough to make such delays dangerous.
Jonah takes pity on the stranger, who spiels on about the perils of the imminent technological breakdown posed by Y2K — the film is set in 1999 — and then, with Jonah, hatches a plan for a series of robberies.
Almost one full season after Claire and Frank appeared set to start a war to distract from their corruption, invasion finally seems imminent.
San Diego’s Rose Canyon fault produces powerful earthquakes more frequently than once believed, but a major temblor isn’t imminent, according to researchers from San Diego State University.
That giant payday doesn’t appear to be imminent, however.
That makes the job of intercepting them — already daunting — far harder, given that the American antimissile system works best with early alerts from satellites that a launch is imminent.
With the state now in control of the once-thriving school district, more closings are imminent as the academic and social fabric that once held neighborhoods together unravels like the flag above Brunswick.
The security alert indicates authorities believe new attacks are imminent.
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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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