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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.
Latin impendēre in- over in–2 pendēre to hang (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin impendere (“to hang over, to weigh out”).
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