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 Petro currently has 13 pending charges from six different incidents. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Inmate captured day after escaping from north-central Minnesota courthouse," 29 Oct. 2019 Fully 18,000 projects with recent or pending permits are up in the air. The Economist, "A tiny environmental group wins a huge victory," 26 Oct. 2019 Work to install the three remaining batteries was put on hold pending resolution of the BCDU issue. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA's historic all-female spacewalk, by the numbers," 17 Oct. 2019 At present, though, there is no reason to believe that when Trump spoke with Zelensky, there was any pending Justice Department investigation focused on Hunter Biden’s business transactions with foreign interests. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Do Republicans See the Strategy to Discredit the Barr Investigation?," 2 Oct. 2019 In a state legislative season marked by a slate of potentially game-changing bills — from a rent cap to reclassifying Uber drivers — local state representatives have contributed their own significant pending legislation. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "School start time and the fate of fur: state reps’ bills land on the governor’s desk," 16 Sep. 2019 The political prospects of numerous pending bills that would reform the host community agreement process remain unclear. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 10 Sep. 2019 The 33-year-old male dog owner was arrested and remains in custody pending charges, Detroit police spokesman Dan Donakowski told PEOPLE earlier this week. Laura Barcella, PEOPLE.com, "Before His Daughter Was Mauled to Death by 3 Pit Bulls, Dad Confronted Owner About Aggressive Dogs," 22 Aug. 2019 These fans — often cast (and dressed) as cartoon characters of sorts — have very real feelings and have been forced to live with the pending loss for the better part of three years. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos vs. 49ers: A roundup from Monday’s NFL preseason game," 20 Aug. 2019

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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

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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