impend
intransitive verb Etymology: Latin impendēre, from in- + pendēre to hang — more at pendant Date: 1585 1. a. to hover threateningly ; menace b. to be about to occur <
the impending Senate hearings
>
2. archaic to hang suspended

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Impend — Im*pend , v. t. [L. impend[e^]re; pref. im in + pend[e^]re to weigh out, pay.] To pay. [Obs.] Fabyan. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Impend — Im*pend , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Impended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impending}.] [L. impend[=e]re; pref. im in + pend[=e]re to hang. See {Pendant}.] To hang over; to be suspended above; to threaten from near at hand; to menace; to be imminent. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impend — I verb approach, be at hand, be forthcoming, be imminent, be in store, be near, be near at hand, draw near, imminere, impendere, loom, menace, promise ill, threaten associated concepts: impending danger, impending death, impending peril II index… …   Law dictionary

  • impend — (v.) 1590s, from figurative use of L. impendere to hang over, to be imminent, from assimilated form of in into, in, on, upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + pendere hang (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)). Related: Impended; impending …   Etymology dictionary

  • impend — [im pend′] vi. [L impendere, to overhang, threaten < in , in + pendere, to hang, prob. < IE base * (s)pen(d) , to pull, stretch > SPIN] 1. Now Rare to hang or be suspended ( over) 2. a) to be about to happen; be imminent b) to threaten… …   English World dictionary

  • impend — verb 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. My hunger should impend any second now. See Also:… …   Wiktionary

  • impend — Synonyms and related words: approach, await, be as expected, be imminent, be in store, beetle, brew, come on, confront, draw near, draw nigh, draw on, expect it of, face, forthcome, gather, hang out, hang over, hover, impend over, jut, lie over,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • impend — /ɪmˈpɛnd / (say im pend) verb (i) 1. to be imminent; be near at hand. 2. to threaten. –phrase 3. impend over, Poetic to hang or be suspended over; overhang. {Latin impendēre hang over} …   Australian English dictionary

  • impend — /im pend /, v.i. 1. to be imminent; be about to happen. 2. to threaten or menace: He felt that danger impended. 3. Archaic. to hang or be suspended; overhang (usually fol. by over). [1580 90; < L impendere to hang over, threaten. See IM 1, PEND]… …   Universalium

  • impend — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. threaten, hang over. See approach, threat, destiny. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. be imminent, loom, menace, hover; see approach 3 , threaten 2 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To be imminent: brew,… …   English dictionary for students

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