Definition of impend
1a : to hover threateningly : menaceb : to be about to occur the impending trial
2 archaic : to hang suspended
Examples of impend in a Sentence
for confirmed pessimists some disaster always seems to be impending
Recent Examples of impend from the Web
The director briefs government leaders as well as the American public directly on the forecast for impending storms.
According to the EU’s climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU and China have formed a new alliance in response to Trump’s impending decision.
Rumors of impending shake-ups have come and gone in the Trump White House before.
As limiting as the salary cap will be in the next few seasons with impending player raises, this seems like the opportune time to add young cheap talent.
With pitcher Danny Duffy out for possibly two months and the Royals mired in last place, the team is expected to hold a fire sale for their impending free agents.
While law enforcement agencies braced for a busy Memorial Day weekend, they were spared large crowds Saturday because of impending storms.
Britain’s impending break with the European Union was a point of tension with France when the two leaders met for the first time since Macron’s election victory, in a 15th-century former monastery in the historic town of Taormina, Sicily.
Israeli citizens have begun relying on Yo for warnings of impending rocket strikes by Palestinian militants.
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Origin and Etymology of impend
Latin impendēre, from in- + pendēre to hang — more at pendant
First Known Use: 1585
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