impend

[im-pend]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be imminent; be about to happen.
  2. to threaten or menace: He felt that danger impended.
  3. Archaic. to hang or be suspended; overhang (usually followed by over).

Origin of impend

First recorded in 1580–90, impend is from the Latin word impendēre to hang over, threaten. See im-1, pend
Related formssu·per·im·pend, verb (used without object)
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Examples from the Web for impend

Historical Examples of impend

  • We seriously consider the dreadful judgments that now impend the nation.

    Orthography

    Elmer W. Cavins

  • Overbold, audacious; overhang, impend; overweigh, preponderate.

  • They were his rock of refuge in any cataclysm that might impend.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Concealing his agitation, he began the routine of such familiar labors as impend on the eve of battle.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

  • To Hugh a crisis seemed to impend, but he held off for the Gilmores, who seemed to be used to crises.

    Gideon's Band

    George W. Cable


British Dictionary definitions for impend

impend

verb (intr)
  1. (esp of something threatening) to be about to happen; be imminent
  2. (foll by over) rare to be suspended; hang
Derived Formsimpendence or impendency, noun

Word Origin for impend

C16: from Latin impendēre to overhang, from pendēre to hang
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Word Origin and History for impend
v.

1590s, from figurative use of Latin impendere "to hang over, to be imminent," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + pendere "hang" (see pendant). Related: Impended; impending.

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