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imminent (ˈɪmɪnənt Pronunciation for imminent



  1. liable to happen soon; impending
  2. (obsolete) jutting out or overhanging

Derived Forms

ˈimminence, ˈimminentness noun
ˈimminently adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin imminēre to project over, from im- (in) + -minēre to project; related to mons mountain


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= near, coming, close, approaching, threatening, gathering, on the way, in the air, forthcoming, looming, menacing, brewing, impending, at hand, upcoming, on the cards, on the horizon, in the pipeline, nigh, in the offing, fast-approaching, just round the corner, near-at-hand,

Translations for 'imminent'

  • British English: imminent If you say that something is imminent, especially something unpleasant, you mean it is almost certain to happen very soon. ADJECTIVEThere appeared no imminent danger.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: iminente
  • Chinese: > 即将发生的尤指不好的事情> 即将將发發生的
  • European Spanish: inminente
  • French: imminent imminente
  • German: bevorstehend
  • Italian: imminente
  • Japanese: >目前に迫った嫌な事が
  • Korean: 임박한
  • Portuguese: iminente
  • Spanish: inminente

Example Sentences Including 'imminent'

All shareholders can do is hope that more information is revealed in the trust's imminent interim report.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
BRIAN Quail expresses disappointment at the imminent loss of the model dinosaur outside the University of Glasgow (January 15).
Glasgow Herald (2002)
Even the rats and pigs couldn't dissipate Petra's feeling of imminent triumph.
Media speculation that the first face transplant is imminent prompted the Royal College of Surgeons ' report.
New Scientist (2003)
Terbolt's announcement of their imminent departure drew no visible reaction from R'shiel.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
The former PSNI chief constable said last month he had been informed that a move on weapons by the IRA was imminent.
Irish Times (2002)
The tech bellwethers came out with cautious outlooks this week, signalling that a recovery is not imminent in the battered sector.
Globe and Mail (2003)
They are the cries of a soul in despair responding to the mysterious voice in the air announcing her imminent death.
Susie Gilbert and Jay Shir A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)
With arrival of his steaming reindeer stew imminent , Arvo analysed this particular manifestation of assumed indifference.
Low, Ona To His Just Desserts


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