If something is impending, it is about to happen. If you hear thunder in the distance, you might go inside to escape the impending storm.

The word impending often refers to something threatening or frightening: impending doom, impending disaster. Something that is impending hangs over you — you might say, "I was so distracted by thoughts of my impending failure in my exams, I couldn't study." A synonym is imminent.

Definitions of impending

adj close in time; about to occur

“his impending retirement”
at hand, close at hand, imminent, impendent
at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other

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