verb[no object] (usually as adjective impending)
- 1Be about to happen: my impending departureMore example sentences
- The light was difficult now with sunset impending, and his vision was untrustworthy.
- As it happens my birthday impends so on the day I shall raise a (non-alcoholic) glass to both of you peoples of those religions and wish you well.
- People's concerns over the summer were dominated less by impending elections than by electricity bills.
- 1.1(Of something bad) loom: danger of collision impendsMore example sentences
- Of the three really huge catastrophes impending in the next century, it seems improbable that we can avoid more than one or two.
- At time of going to press a resolution had not been found, and strike action was impending.
- The morning, like the past few, was heavy and gray, and rain impended.
late 16th century: from Latin impendere, from in- 'toward, upon' + pendere 'hang'.
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