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Borrowed from Latin impendere (to hang over, to weigh out).



impend (third-person singular simple present impends, present participle impending, simple past and past participle impended)

  1. (intransitive) To expect to, or 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.
  2. (obsolete) To overhang.
    • 1857, Tregelles, Samuel Prideaux, “עַל (Strong's H5921) definition (A)(3)(a)”, in Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, retrieved 27 Sep 2015:
      When a thing really impends over another, e.g. when one stands at a fountain (עַל־עֵין), over which one really leans.
  3. (obsolete) To pay.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fabyan to this entry?)

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