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 Even if the Trump team completes certain actions and publishes them in the Federal Register, the Biden team can halt implementation pending review. Kelsey Brugger, Science | AAAS, "White House races to complete regulations before Trump exits," 10 Nov. 2020 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 The Trump administration approved work rule proposals submitted by 13 states, with eight more pending when Trump left office. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden drives another nail into the coffin of Medicaid work requirements," 18 Mar. 2021 He is being held in Porter County Jail without bond because of another pending matter in Porter Superior Court, according to online court records. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Body found in Valparaiso ruled homicide; man arrested at scene on unrelated charges," 24 Mar. 2021 The payments began processing last Friday and may have shown up as a pending or provisional deposit, the IRS said. Washington Post, "As a second batch of $1,400 stimulus payments arrives this week, some Social Security and other federal beneficiaries are left out," 22 Mar. 2021 Some eligible Americans may have seen the money in their accounts before Wednesday as a pending or provisional statement, but Wednesday is the day the payments will go through. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "If you’re eligible for a $1,400 stimulus check, this news will make you very happy," 17 Mar. 2021 Some people may see direct deposits as pending or provisional in their accounts before the official payment date of March 17, the IRS said. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Track your $1,400 stimulus payment: IRS ‘Get My Payment’ tool now live," 15 Mar. 2021 On Friday, a spokesperson said the department could not comment on the newly pending litigation and had not yet filed a response to the legal complaints. Washington Post, "Virginia is using dogs to ‘terrify and attack’ prisoners, say lawsuits that describe one man as mauled in his cell," 6 Mar. 2021 The patchwork system has raised questions about whether vaccines are being equitably shared with farmworkers, but the pending transition seems to be charging ahead without an on-the-ground perspective. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, "Vaccine rollout for farmworkers is fraught with confusion and bad timing," 1 Mar. 2021 Stone was not the subject of a pending psychological fitness-for-duty evaluation and had been found fit around June 29, 2018. oregonlive, "Springfield paid ex-cop $250K to end employment, settle suit," 26 Feb. 2021

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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 9 May. 2021.

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pending

preposition

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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