Definition of impend in English:

impend

Syllabification: im·pend
Pronunciation: /imˈpend
 
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verb

[no object] (usually as adjective impending)
  • 1Be about to happen: my impending departure
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    imminent, close (at hand), near, nearing, approaching, coming, forthcoming, upcoming, to come, on the way, about to happen, in store, in the offing, on the horizon, in the air/wind, brewing, looming, threatening, menacing
    informal coming down the pike, in the cards
  • 1.1(Of something bad) loom: danger of collision impends
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    • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin impendere, from in- 'toward, upon' + pendere 'hang'.

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