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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For those who are looking to rekindle their love of the game of basketball, Newport Harbor High has some of the most exciting action around outside of LeBron James’ impending free agency. Andrew Turner,, "Local schools to take court in George Yardley Summer Tournament," 21 June 2018 Following their defeat to England, Tunisia must pick themselves up ahead of their impending clash against a strong Belgium side at the Otkrytiye Arena on Saturday., "Tunisia Manager Nabil Maaloul Praises Russian World Cup Following Defeat at the Hands of England," 19 June 2018 Jury’s still out on the wisdom (and humanity) of that impending move. 1. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ranking the best team owners in Bay Area sports history," 12 June 2018 Police Chief Steve Conrad told the Courier Journal that there is nothing to swirling rumors about his impending retirement. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad: Rumors of retirement aren't true," 11 June 2018 Planet is selling access to the data to companies that want to use artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms to search for patterns, such as impending drought, deforestation and other changes in land use. Scientific American, "Agriculture’s Improving Image," 7 May 2018 Windows Use a program like CrystalDiskInfo to check your hard drive's S.M.A.R.T. data for signs of impending failure. Kim Komando, Fox News, "5 quick fixes for computer problems," 29 Apr. 2018 People familiar with the transaction said Mr. Cohen had been in a rush to close due to an impending tax event. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Michael Cohen Purchases New York City Apartment for $6.7 Million," 12 July 2018 The biggest protest in U.K. history was in February 2002, in response to Britain’s involvement in the impending Iraq War, which was spearheaded by President George W. Bush. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Thousands Are Expected to Join a 'Carnival of Resistance' in Britain to Protest Trump's Visit. Here's What to Know," 9 July 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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