Definitions

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  • adjective Hanging over; overhanging; suspended so as to menace; imminet; threatening.

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  • adjective Approaching; drawing near; about to happen
  • verb Present participle of impend.

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  • adjective close in time; about to occur

Etymologies

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From Latin impendere ("to overhang").

Examples

  • The long-suffering bleakness was very pronounced on Nancy's face, and when the walls of water, in impending downfall, reared above the

    CHAPTER XIII

  • So he has been preparing for what he calls his impending “dirt nap.”

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  • She called the impending contracts a sign that security gains are attracting foreign investment in Iraq.

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  • She called the impending contracts a sign that security gains are attracting foreign investment in Iraq.

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  • Even while he termed the impending situation as "grim," President Pervez Musharraf felt emboldened enough by his own declaration of the end of a 42-day State of Emergency on 15 December 2007 to declare on state television that: "The democratic process has been put back again on the rails"; a debatable proposition, with the judiciary and private broadcast media still under restraints.

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  • Luz picked up her cup and added cream to the strong brew, aware that Hector was referring to the impending arrival of the other polo students.

    The Glory Game

  • Luz picked up her cup and added cream to the strong brew, aware that Hector was referring to the impending arrival of the other polo students.

    The Glory Game

  • Luz picked up her cup and added cream to the strong brew, aware that Hector was referring to the impending arrival of the other polo students.

    The Glory Game

  • The long-suffering bleakness was very pronounced on Nancy's face, and when the walls of water, in impending downfall, reared above the

    Chapter 13

  • But there was no question that the States at this juncture, and in spite of the dangers impending from the Spanish marriages, must have an ambassador ready to do his best to keep France from prematurely sliding into positive hostility to them.

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