im·​pend | \im-ˈpend \
impended; impending; impends

Definition of impend 

intransitive verb

1a : to hover threateningly : menace

b : to be about to occur the impending trial

2 archaic : to hang suspended

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Synonyms for impend


brew, loom

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Examples of impend in a Sentence

for confirmed pessimists some disaster always seems to be impending

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Here are 13 runway-show feasts to get you in the mood for your holiday gathering and impending food coma. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here’s What Your Thanksgiving Feast Might Look Like on a Runway," 22 Nov. 2018 Any tip off to an impending disaster gives residents a second longer to prepare and brace themselves for what's coming. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Give Lightspeed Warning of Incoming Earthquakes and Tsunamis," 15 Oct. 2018 Sign-up But according to some retail experts and real-estate developers, reports of the mall’s impending death have been exaggerated. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "The New Retail Tenant: A High-Tech Amusement Park," 22 Aug. 2018 The Heat, who have never operated under a hard cap, already have $120 million in salary commitments for next season, a figure that does not include impending free agents Wayne Ellington and Wade. Ira Winderman,, "LeBron heads west, signing with Lakers, no longer a Heat conference rival," 2 July 2018 For Democrats already outraged over the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the Mexican border, Kennedy’s impending departure was the nightmare scenario., "For Democrats, justice’s retirement is the cruelest twist," 29 June 2018 Software that processes data from on-board cameras and radar units will watch out for impending crashes and try to stop the car before impact, or correct for the slow out-of-lane swerve of a tired driver. The Economist, "Toyota takes a winding road to autonomous vehicles," 19 May 2018 Passengers and crew aboard an amphibious tour boat that capsized Thursday in Missouri, killing 17, were aware of impending bad weather, according to a survivor of the tragedy who lost nine family members. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Passengers, Crew of Doomed Duck Boat Knew Bad Weather Was Coming," 21 July 2018 The other five players from the Heat's 2017-18 season-ending roster are impending free agents: Wade, Udonis Haslem, Wayne Ellington, Luke Babbitt and Jordan Mickey. Ira Winderman,, "Heat poised to guarantee 2018-19 salary of Rodney McGruder, keeping him from free agency," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of impend

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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