- about to happen; imminent: their impending marriage.
- imminently threatening or menacing: an impending storm.
- Archaic. overhanging.
Origin of impending
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1. See imminent.
- 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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- about to happen; imminent
- (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 impending
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