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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With Eden Hazard seemingly set for the exit door, the news will come as a huge blow to the club, who are staring down the barrel of Maurizio Sarri's impending exit - with any potential incoming manager left with a sizeable task on their hands., "Chelsea Set to Bring Transfer Ban Forward to Avoid Extended 3-Window Punishment," 5 June 2019 That way, if the hormonal changes that induce ovulation are impending, the levonorgestrel has more time to stop them before an egg is released. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How Emergency Contraception Actually Works," 1 Apr. 2019 Grab an enemy with a web-sling, then pull yourself toward that foe to start chaining a melee combo and to pull yourself away from impending attacks. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man for PS4 preview: A love letter to comics and open-world tropes," 2 Aug. 2018 Chapman’s impending release sparked outrage from Chapman’s victims and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. Washington Post, "Convicted child rapist set for release facing new charges," 6 June 2018 The biggest stars on tour are veterans who can’t step onto court without bringing with them their legacies, ailing bodies, impending retirement. Chloé Cooper Jones, GQ, "Denis Shapovalov Is the Thrilling, Gutsy Teen of Tennis," 25 May 2018 Hawaii’s emergency-management service sent an erroneous text message to the state’s residents warning of an impending missile attack. The Economist, "Politics this week," 18 Jan. 2018 Officials in Hawaii are trying to figure out how to prevent another accidental emergency alert after residents and tourists were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack over the weekend. David Begnaud, CBS News, ""I'm crying my eyes out": How one family reacted to Hawaii's false missile alert," 15 Jan. 2018 While royal fans were fussing over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's impending departure from Kensington Palace this weekend, Angelina Jolie secretly met with another member of the royal family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Had a Royal Meeting Over the Weekend and We Missed It," 26 Nov. 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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