- to be imminent; be about to happen.
- to threaten or menace: He felt that danger impended.
- Archaic. to hang or be suspended; overhang (usually followed by over).
Origin of impend
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Examples from the Web for impend
We seriously consider the dreadful judgments that now impend the nation.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Overbold, audacious; overhang, impend; overweigh, preponderate.An Outline of English Speech-craft
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
- (esp of something threatening) to be about to happen; be imminent
- (foll by over) rare to be suspended; hang
C16: from Latin impendēre to overhang, from pendēre to hang
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Word Origin and History for impend
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