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impend

[ im-pend ]
/ ɪmˈpɛnd /
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verb (used without object)
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).
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Origin of impend

First recorded in 1580–90, impend is from the Latin word impendēre to hang over, threaten. See im-1, pend

OTHER WORDS FROM impend

su·per·im·pend, verb (used without object)
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British Dictionary definitions for impend

impend
/ (ɪmˈpɛnd) /

verb (intr)
(esp of something threatening) to be about to happen; be imminent
(foll by over) rare to be suspended; hang

Derived forms of impend

impendence or impendency, noun

Word Origin for impend

C16: from Latin impendēre to overhang, from pendēre to hang
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