Impend meaning

ĭm-pĕnd'
To be about to occur.

Her retirement is impending.

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To threaten to happen; menace.

Discouraged by the trouble that impended.

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To jut out; hang suspended.
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To hang or be suspended (over)
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(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.
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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