Meaning of impend in English:


Pronunciation /ɪmˈpɛnd/


[no object]
  • (of an event regarded as threatening or significant) be about to happen.

    ‘it seemed certain that some great trial of strength impended between the opponents’
    • ‘the loss of liberty impends as the result of fatal indiscretion’
    • ‘The light was difficult now with sunset impending, and his vision was untrustworthy.’
    • ‘As it happens my birthday impends so on the day I shall raise a (non-alcoholic) glass to both of you peoples of those religions and wish you well.’
    • ‘People's concerns over the summer were dominated less by impending elections than by electricity bills.’
    • ‘So the prophets are split neatly between impending economic doom and postponed blight.’
    • ‘Additional expenditure has been incurred as the bank prepares for impending regulatory changes.’
    • ‘Just spent the weekend in Edinburgh to celebrate a friend's impending nuptials, and a good time was had by all.’
    • ‘During his stay Jan worked with his brothers Tim and Ben to help them come to terms with Sam's impending death.’
    • ‘The burden of life and impending death is dragging me back down to the luxury of loneliness.’
    • ‘And that is before some impending high-profile closures cause even bigger problems.’
    • ‘Still, he had no other family and impending death tends to make men wish to confess.’
    • ‘These three impending directives will have serious consequences for all employers.’
    • ‘After a break of many years, I find myself in the situation called impending fatherhood.’
    • ‘Another complication comes from impending legal action over drug patents facing both companies.’
    • ‘We notice that we have now drawn attention to the album's impending arrival.’
    • ‘One suggestion is that they are trying to warn us about impending ecological disaster on Earth.’
    • ‘It seems we had lost the feeling for impending danger that's necessary to avert disaster.’
    • ‘With Valentine's Day looming, the impending nuptials of our banks should be drawing to a conclusion.’
    • ‘These hormones are manufactured in response to an impending threat or danger to the body or mind.’
    • ‘Headlines in the press constantly warn of impending asteroid collisions.’
    • ‘It is not just rumours and a palpable sense of impending danger that throw people off balance.’


Late 16th century from Latin impendere, from in- ‘towards, upon’ + pendere ‘hang’.