- to remain undecided or unsettled.
- to hang.
- Obsolete. to depend.
Origin of pend
1490–1500; ≪ Latin pendēre to be suspended, hang, depend
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Examples from the Web for pends
"'Pends upon what it is," answered Peace, thoroughly awake now.At the Little Brown House
Ruth Alberta Brown
"'Pends on the man," she answered, shifting from one foot to the other, and addressing herself to the home horses.The Day's Work, Volume 1
Well, I'll tell you 'bout dat ere—'pends altogether how dey enjoy themselves.The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern
"'Pends on what room they're in, ma'am," hastily replied the overseer, while all the others stood speechless with intense anxiety.Ishmael
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Eight days afterwards we arrived safely in the camp of the Flat-heads, and Ponderas, or Pends d'oreilles.
- to await judgment or settlement
- dialect to hang; depend
- Scot an archway or vaulted passage
C15: from Latin pendēre to hang; related to Latin pendere to suspend
Word Origin and History for pends
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