- while awaiting; until: pending his return.
- in the period before the decision or conclusion of; during: pending the negotiations.
- remaining undecided; awaiting decision or settlement; unfinished: pending business; pending questions; pending litigation.
- about to take place; impending.
Origin of pending
- to remain undecided or unsettled.
- to hang.
- Obsolete. to depend.
Origin of pend
Related Words for pendingimminent, undecided, impending, awaiting, continuing, dependent, forthcoming, hanging, indeterminate, ominous, undetermined, unsettled, pensile
Examples from the Web for pending
Contemporary Examples of pending
Except, Nomadness currently has 3,000 pending membership requests.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
In August, the Obama administration intervened to stop what it called a pending genocide of Yazidi minorities in Iraq.Yazidis Face Genocide by ISIS After U.S. Turns Away
November 4, 2014
His punishment: Suspension from all team activities indefinitely, pending a criminal investigation of the charges.Gator Quarterback’s Lawyer: Blame This Victim
October 10, 2014
The decision was stayed however, pending Supreme Court review.The Heroic Lesbian Couple of Oklahoma Who Fought for Equal Marriage—and Won
Randy R. Potts
October 7, 2014
Shuai was locked up in jail, pending trial, for over a year until she was released in a plea deal.Indiana 'Feticide' Charge Is the Latest Fallout From States' Strict Anti-Abortion Laws
August 27, 2014
Historical Examples of pending
Shall we pray for a second Joshua, arresting the sun, pending deliberation?The Bacillus of Beauty
The best plan would be to leave it there, pending a favourable moment.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The crisis was pending, and sooner than we expected it came.Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
T. Hall Caine
I glanced at Joyce, and she at me, then both of us at Pending.Lighter Than You Think
"Of course I'm there," she said; then pending another inspiration she was silent.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
- while waiting for or anticipating
- not yet decided, confirmed, or finishedwhat are the matters pending?
- imminentthese developments have been pending for some time
- to await judgment or settlement
- dialect to hang; depend
- Scot an archway or vaulted passage
Word Origin for pend
1640s, "during, in the process of," preposition formed from root of French pendant "during," literally "hanging," present participle of pendere "to hang, to suspend" (see pendant). Meaning patterned on a secondary sense of Latin pendente "not decided," literally "hanging," in legal phrase pendente lite "while the suit is pending." Use of the present participle before nouns caused it to be regarded as a preposition. As an adjective from 1797.