im·​pend | \ im-ˈpend How to pronounce impend (audio) \
impended; impending; impends

Definition of impend

intransitive verb

1a : to be about to occur the impending trial
b : to hover threateningly : menace
2 archaic : to hang suspended

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Examples of impend in a Sentence

for confirmed pessimists some disaster always seems to be impending
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, stories speculating about an impending baby boom caused by bored couples stuck at home during quarantine were filling news feeds. Monique Brouillette, Wired, "Covid-19 Creates Long, Anxious Waits for Fertility Treatments," 28 May 2020 As the pilot interrupted to inform us of our impending landing, a landmass appeared in the window to my right. Natasha Bazika, Travel + Leisure, "How a Digital Detox on a Tiny Australian Island Helped Me Regain My Focus," 24 May 2020 Emori condemning an innocent Grounder to death All that remained of humanity was desperate to live when word of the impending Praimfaya spread. Alamin Yohannes,, "The 12 most twisted moments of The 100 (so far)," 20 May 2020 The Missouri Attorney General's Office earlier this month asked a court to reject Barton's petition over his impending execution after the state Supreme Court already denied his request for a hearing last month. NBC News, "Missouri schedules nation's first execution during coronavirus pandemic," 15 May 2020 Delaying the implementation of the act would hurt our children and working families by further exacerbating our state’s impending budget crisis. oregonlive, "Southeast Portland lawmaker with track record as labor activist faces challenge from labor-backed newcomer," 12 May 2020 Though there’s no indication that Neom could face cuts, an impending global recession is likely to complicate efforts to secure finance and attract investors. Vivian Nereim,, "Hope Turns to Doubt, Then Gunfire, as Saudi Megacity Emerges," 8 May 2020 City Communications and Marketing Director Julie McGovern Voyzey said the resident survey being conducted through Friday (May 8) will also help inform the city’s impending decisions on modified summer recreation activities. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Sir Tuffy the Knight makes cap-and-gown house calls to Shaker Heights Class of 2020," 4 May 2020 Since 2018, news of an impending insect apocalypse has circulated widely and faced criticism. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Study Gives a More Complex Picture of Insect Declines," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of impend

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for impend

Latin impendēre, from in- + pendēre to hang — more at pendant

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The first known use of impend was in 1585

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“Impend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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