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verb (used without object)
  1. to remain undecided or unsettled.
  2. to hang.
  3. Obsolete. to depend.
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Origin of pend

1490–1500;Latin pendēre to be suspended, hang, depend
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Historical Examples

  • Svip, the son of Pend, had no chance with him whatever, for there was no science at all in him.

    Ned, the son of Webb

    William O. Stoddard

  • One day many of the Pend dOreilles were at the trading store.

    Then and Now

    Robert Vaughn

  • Without this service the cases do not "pend" because they are lost.

  • To this restriction Alexander, the Pend Oreille chief, demurred.

  • The first discovery was at the mouth of the Pend Oreille River.

    The Columbia River

    William Denison Lyman

British Dictionary definitions for pend


verb (intr)
  1. to await judgment or settlement
  2. dialect to hang; depend
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  1. Scot an archway or vaulted passage
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin pendēre to hang; related to Latin pendere to suspend
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Word Origin and History for pend


c.1500, "to depend, to hang," from French pendre, from Late Latin pendere "to hang" (see pendant). In some cases short for depend.

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