Definition of pending
- their opportunity to develop trade pending the laborious and fruitless negotiations
- —Theodore Hsi-En Chen
- pending approval
- were held in custody pending trial
He is being held in jail pending trial.
She received a four-year sentence and is currently out on bail pending appeal.
First Known Use: 1642See Words from the same year
The results of the investigation are pending.
There are lawsuits pending against the company.
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: while waiting for (something)
: not yet decided or acted on
: happening or likely to happen soon
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