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imminent Line breaks: im¦mi|nent
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmɪnənt/

Definition of imminent in English:


1About to happen: they were in imminent danger of being swept away
More example sentences
  • 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, at hand, close, near, approaching, fast approaching, coming, forthcoming, on the way, about to happen, upon us, in store, in the offing, in the pipeline, on the horizon, in the air, in the wind, brewing, looming, looming large;
threatening, menacing;
expected, anticipated
informal on the cards
2 archaic Overhanging.


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

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