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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Roberts' impending ascension to both the literal and figurative center of the court represents an about-face from two years ago. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Chief Justice John Roberts inherits expanded role as the Supreme Court's man in the middle," 29 June 2018 At the moment, the schedule is still under construction — impending announcements for events like the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the longer conference slate just two of the reasons. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Stronger opponents wanted for IU basketball's nonconference schedule," 31 May 2018 Ironically, around the same time Romney signaled his impending campaign announcement, the president was getting a rock star’s welcome at the GOP congressional retreat in West Virginia. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Is Mitt Romney the future or the past of the Republican Party?," 2 Feb. 2018 That reversed after news of Amazon’s impending move triggered an acceleration in the market. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Amazon Employees Join the Rush to Buy Long Island City Condos," 20 Nov. 2018 Yellowstone’s thermal basins sometimes undergo significant changes in short amounts of time, but the new eruptions are not a sign of impending volcanic activity, Herbert said. Fox News, "Long-dormant Yellowstone hot spring erupts," 22 Sep. 2018 Further Reading Game of Thrones has become a CW show Of course, all that jockeying for power distracted the leaders of Westeros from the one, true threat: an impending invasion from the north, beyond a great wall of ice. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here’s the first teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones," 13 Nov. 2018 This is happening not least because Britain’s impending departure from the European Union has induced a psychotic break within the fractious Conservatives. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "How an Accident Could Happen in Britain," 27 Sep. 2018 Friday’s announcement of Superintendent Tommy Chang’s impending departure from the Boston school system took few parents by surprise. James Vaznis,, "With Chang out, parents ponder future," 23 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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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