- to remain undecided or unsettled.
- to hang.
- Obsolete. to depend.
Origin of pend
1490–1500; ≪ Latin pendēre to be suspended, hang, depend
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Examples from the Web for pended
De las' one he had pended on fer ter stan' by 'im had gone back on 'im, en dey did n' 'pear ter be nuffin mo' wuf libbin' fer.The Conjure Woman
Charles W. Chesnutt
De las' one he had 'pended on fer ter stan' by 'im had gone back on 'im, en dey didn' 'pear ter be nuffin mo' wuf libbin' fer.
He never failed to blow dat bugle at break of day 'cep on Sundays, and evvybody on dat place 'pended on him to wake 'em up.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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While it pended, the unsettled feeling of spring made the Patty-Pans its headquarters.Six Girls and the Tea Room
Marion Ames Taggart
Is it scientific to say that the muscle of a man de- pended upon the length of his locks?The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
- to await judgment or settlement
- dialect to hang; depend
- Scot an archway or vaulted passage
C15: from Latin pendēre to hang; related to Latin pendere to suspend
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Word Origin and History for pended
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