I. preposition Etymology: French pendant, from present participle of pendre Date: 1642 1. during 2. while awaiting <
pending approval
II. adjective Date: 1797 1. not yet decided ; being in continuance <
the case is still pending
2. imminent, impending

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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