[ pend ]
/ pɛnd /

verb (used without object)

to remain undecided or unsettled.
to hang.
Obsolete. to depend.


Nearby words

  1. pencil pusher,
  2. pencil skirt,
  3. pencil stripe,
  4. penciliform,
  5. penciling,
  6. pend oreille,
  7. penda,
  8. pendant,
  9. pendelikon,
  10. pendency

Origin of pend

1490–1500;Latin pendēre to be suspended, hang, depend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pend


/ (pɛnd) /

verb (intr)

to await judgment or settlement
dialect to hang; depend


Scot an archway or vaulted passage

Word Origin for pend

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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