Impend Definition

To be about to occur.
Her retirement is impending.
American Heritage
To hang or be suspended (over)
Webster's New World
To be about to happen; be imminent.
Webster's New World
To threaten.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) 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.


Origin of Impend

  • Latin impendēre in- over in–2 pendēre to hang (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin impendere (“to hang over, to weigh out”).

    From Wiktionary

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