Definition of imminent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈimənənt/


1About to happen: they were in imminent danger of being swept away
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  • How could the mother have imagined the imminent danger that was closing in on her son?
  • This alarm will sound if opened by a small child to alert parents of the imminent danger.
  • Tiles have fallen from the roof of the small chapel and the entrance archway looks in danger of imminent collapse.
impending, close (at hand), near, (fast) approaching, coming, forthcoming, on the way, in the offing, in the pipeline, on the horizon, in the air, just around the corner, coming down the pike, expected, anticipated, brewing, looming, threatening, menacing
informal in the cards
2 archaic Overhanging.


See eminent (usage).


Late Middle English: from Latin imminent- 'overhanging, impending', from the verb imminere, from in- 'upon, toward' + minere 'to project'.

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Syllabification: im·mi·nent

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