pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ ˈpen-diŋ How to pronounce pending (audio) \

Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : during their opportunity to develop trade pending the laborious and fruitless negotiations— Theodore Hsi-En Chen
2 : while awaiting pending approval were held in custody pending trial

pending

adjective

Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not yet decided : being in continuance the case is still pending

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pending

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of pending in a Sentence

Preposition He is being held in jail pending trial. She received a four-year sentence and is currently out on bail pending appeal. Adjective The results of the investigation are pending. There are lawsuits pending against the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Although a federal judge issued an injunction to keep the program alive pending higher court review, the young immigrants stand to lose their right to work, travel and attend school. Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s immigration plan puts Democrats in a vise," 27 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Illinois officials have since decided to allow floor restraints next school year, though pending legislation could ban them. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "How Often Do Schools Use Seclusion and Restraint? The Federal Government Isn’t Properly Tracking the Data, According to a New Report," 23 Apr. 2020 And with town officials at an impasse, the Schaufelds have taken their case to Charleston, where a pending bill would enable the state to strip some towns of much of their power to regulate development projects that support the tourism industry. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Death threats and illegal voting: The war over a luxury resort in Harpers Ferry," 17 Feb. 2020 There have been 52 tests for the virus conducted at the jail with 34 returning negative and seven pending results, the department said. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 7-8," 24 Apr. 2020 The county resident was admitted to the hospital and then discharged to self-isolate pending results, officials said in a statement Tuesday. Mark Dunphy, ExpressNews.com, "Hospital officials confirm first case of COVID-19 in Kerr County," 31 Mar. 2020 That is actually an improvement over the state of affairs this weekend, when California reported that more than 64,000 people had pending results. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Private Labs Are Fueling a New Coronavirus Testing Crisis," 31 Mar. 2020 In addition to the two positive tests, six had pending results. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Do you have new coronavirus symptoms? Here's what to do," 6 Mar. 2020 Staff who frequently work in those areas are being asked to self-quarantine pending interviews with medical professionals about any possible contacts. NBC News, "Vermont announces first 2 deaths," 20 Mar. 2020 Federal lawmakers already have approved measures to address sick time and more, and a third, much larger stimulus package remained pending Friday. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus will affect everyone, even if you never get sick. But some people will be hit harder than others.," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of pending

Preposition

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pending

Preposition and Adjective

French pendant, from present participle of pendre

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The first known use of pending was in 1642

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“Pending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pending. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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pending

preposition
How to pronounce pending (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : while waiting for (something)

pending

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

formal
: not yet decided or acted on
: happening or likely to happen soon

pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ ˈpen-diŋ How to pronounce pending (audio) \

Kids Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: while waiting for He's in jail pending a trial.

pending

adjective

Kids Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

: not yet decided The lawsuit is pending.

pending

preposition
pend·​ing | \ ˈpen-diŋ How to pronounce pending (audio) \

Legal Definition of pending

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : during the time of
2 : while awaiting : in the time preceding held in escrow pending the outcome of the suit free pending trial

pending

adjective

Legal Definition of pending (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : not yet decided a pending suit
2 : to occur or be realized soon

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