from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.
- intransitive v. To threaten to happen; menace: discouraged by the trouble that impended.
- intransitive v. Archaic To jut out; hang suspended.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To hang over; to be suspended above; to threaten from near at hand; to menace; to be imminent. See imminent.
- transitive v. To pay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To overhang; be ready to fall; be imminent; threaten; be on the point of occurring, as something evil.
- To hang over.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be imminent or about to happen
The imagination of the beholder was subtly stimulated to conceive the ultimate worst of that which might impend, which is the climax of fear.
That many worshippers can't help but shed tears during this prayer is understandable, particularly those who have lost loved ones over the past year or for whom death seems to impend.
I was bound by a solemn promise, which I had not yet fulfilled, and dared not break; or, if I did, what manifold miseries might not impend over me and my devoted family!
Maggie Jackson, in her book, Distracted, suggests that this distraction and loss of focus could impend a coming dark age.
Surely, the heavens will tremble; trade wars impend; the apocalypse of Depression era Smoot Hawley tariffs are about to descend upon us.
Much to his surprise, on the eve of his fatherâ€™s impend death, his father gives him a preview of his will.
Then because, y'know, work continued to impend, I went on to take the Would You Have Been a Nazi test, because it's one of those questions that always lurks in the back of the brain.
But the gush of philanthropy that burst forth when the departure of Mr. Honeythunder began to impend, must have been highly gratifying to the feelings of that distinguished man.
“And you know — and I know — that you have not sent her away for the reasons you have assigned, but for the purpose of separating her as much as possible from — excuse my mentioning it as a matter of business — any reproach and exposure that impend over yourself.”
She, Henry Waxman, John Conyers and Harry Reid all continue to impend the enforcement of the Constitution.
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