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impend v : be imminent or about to happen; "Changes are impending"

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From Latin impendere, "to hang over", "to weigh out".


  1. 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.


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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, loom, lower, menace, near, overhang, project, project over, threaten, thrust over
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