im·​pend | \ im-ˈpend How to pronounce impend (audio) \
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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Williams’s impending departure comes as the local organization examines new ways to expand amid rapid changes in the nonprofit sector, officials said. Globe Staff,, "Head of local Urban League to step down," 18 Aug. 2019 The Coyotes' impending move to Fox Sports 910 is about more than a different radio frequency. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes' radio move to Fox Sports 910, iHeartMedia more than a dial change," 13 Aug. 2019 Bale's impending move and Neymar's potential departure from Paris Saint-Germain are the two biggest transfer sagas of the European off-season. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Gareth Bale appears close to leaving Real Madrid as his agent calls Zinedine Zidane a 'disgrace'," 21 July 2019 The odd man out could soon be optioned back to Class AAA Round Rock to clear a spot for Aledmys Diaz’s impending return. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros to use four-man rotation through trade deadline," 21 July 2019 But with Emmy Rossum’s impending departure, Shameless season 9 had the task of saying goodbye to its star and preparing for a new era, which essentially meant preparing White to be the new co-lead alongside William H. Macy. Ew Staff,, "Emmys 2019: EW picks the dark-horse contenders who deserve nominations," 12 July 2019 In this other image, the family's truth offers no sign of impending tragedy. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "In news, when words fail, graphic and shocking photos often don't," 2 July 2019 Green, who was reported to have raised the issue of Durant’s impending free agency as the incident unfolded, was suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "Warriors to effectively retire Kevin Durant’s number after three stellar seasons," 2 July 2019 McDormand and Coen’s impending visit motivated Branson to restore the two-story building, adding gas lamps, a Victorian roll-top tub with a view of the sea, and an outdoor shower. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "An Idyllic Hotel on a Remote Island Off Scotland That Inspired Peter Pan," 1 July 2019

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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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