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[ pen-ding ]


  1. while awaiting; until:

    pending his return.

  2. in the period before the decision or conclusion of; during:

    pending the negotiations.


  1. remaining undecided; awaiting decision or settlement; unfinished:

    pending business; pending questions; pending litigation.

  2. about to take place; impending.


/ ˈpɛndɪŋ /


  1. while waiting for or anticipating


  1. not yet decided, confirmed, or finished

    what are the matters pending?

  2. imminent

    these developments have been pending for some time

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Other Words From

  • non·pending adjective
  • un·pending adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pending1

1635–45; pend + -ing 2, on the model of French pendant ( pendent )

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Example Sentences

The LGBTQ group did not immediately respond to requests for comment on its pending receipt of the damages, whose value has not been disclosed.

So as soon as you switch it on, you may receive a plethora of alerts prompting you to install pending updates.

Except, Nomadness currently has 3,000 pending membership requests.

In August, the Obama administration intervened to stop what it called a pending genocide of Yazidi minorities in Iraq.

Addison was allowed out of jail, finally, but her passport was held pending an investigation—even though nobody questioned her.

His punishment: Suspension from all team activities indefinitely, pending a criminal investigation of the charges.

The decision was stayed however, pending Supreme Court review.

That the Society be immediately dissolved, in view of pending litigation.

It is suggested, too, that patents are pending that may make outside aerials unnecessary, anyway.

An appeal by a member of a subordinate lodge from a vote of expulsion does not abate by his death while the appeal is pending.

They have encamped in the rear of our office, pending the arrival of the next coasting steamer.

He therefore commenced a lawsuit against her and her guardians, and the suit is still pending.


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