pending

[ pen-ding ]
/ ˈpɛn dɪŋ /

preposition

while awaiting; until: pending his return.
in the period before the decision or conclusion of; during: pending the negotiations.

adjective

remaining undecided; awaiting decision or settlement; unfinished: pending business; pending questions; pending litigation.
about to take place; impending.

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Origin of pending

1635–45; pend + -ing2, on the model of French pendant (see pendent)

OTHER WORDS FROM pending

non·pend·ing, adjectiveun·pend·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pending

pending impending

Definition for pending (2 of 2)

pend
[ pend ]
/ pɛnd /

verb (used without object)

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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British Dictionary definitions for pending (1 of 2)

pending
/ (ˈpɛndɪŋ) /

preposition

while waiting for or anticipating

adjective (postpositive)

not yet decided, confirmed, or finishedwhat are the matters pending?
imminentthese developments have been pending for some time

British Dictionary definitions for pending (2 of 2)

pend
/ (pɛnd) /

verb (intr)

to await judgment or settlement
dialect to hang; depend

noun

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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