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impending (adj) (especially of bad things) going to happen very soon.
An impending disaster is a bad thing going to happen very soon. 'The cancer victim was not overmuch worried about his impending death.' This means that the cancer victim was not too worried about his fast approaching death. The nations of the world are ignoring the impending ecological crisis. This means that the people of the world are not worried about the fast approaching environmental ruin.
- In spite of the rumbling sound they heard, the children were hardly aware of the impending earthquake and kept on playing merrily. The whole lot disappeared in a few minutes.
- When they were warned of the impending hurricane, they were all in a great hurry to pack up and leave for places of safety.