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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The Heat have been linked to George over the years, including before last summer's trade from the Pacers to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis and even amid this impending free agency. Ira Winderman,, "Paul George seeks NBA free-agency advice from Dwyane Wade," 28 June 2018 The city’s health department was in a transition back to city control after the department was dismantled in 2012 amid cost-cutting and impending bankruptcy. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "This candidate for governor wants to be middle finger to Donald Trump," 17 May 2018 The news of Lamb’s seemingly impending return comes one day after the Diamondbacks announced that outfielder A.J. Pollock will miss 4-8 weeks with an avulsion fracture in his left thumb. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Third baseman Jake Lamb a 'possibility' to rejoin Diamondbacks on road trip," 16 May 2018 Each burst of comedy, like Prior talking to Louis about their cat Little Sheba, or Roy Cohn and Ethel cackling together, is followed by a sledgehammer, like Prior’s diagnosis or Roy’s impending and very painful death. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "What it’s like to watch Angels in America in an age of making America great again," 30 Mar. 2018 According to Arnold, employees at the Antioch and Gurnee locations were notified in February about the layoffs and impending closure of the facilities. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Teva Pharmaceutical pledges 'dignity and respect' in layoffs at Antioch and Gurnee distribution centers," 13 Mar. 2018 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

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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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