Definitions for impendɪmˈpɛnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be imminent; be about to happen.

  2. to threaten; menace:

    He felt that danger impended.

  3. Archaic. to hang suspended.

Origin of impend:

1580–90; < L impendēre to hang over, threaten

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impend(verb)

    be imminent or about to happen

    "Changes are impending"


  1. impend(Verb)

    to be about to happen or occur, especially of something which takes some time such as a process or procedure rather than just a short event. "To impend" often has the connotation of threat.

    My hunger should impend any second now.

  2. Origin: From impendere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impend(verb)

    to pay

  2. Impend(verb)

    to hang over; to be suspended above; to threaten frome near at hand; to menace; to be imminent. See Imminent


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