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imminent (ˈɪmɪnənt Pronunciation for imminent

Definitions

adjective

  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

Synonyms

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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'

Terbolt's announcement of their imminent departure drew no visible reaction from R'shiel.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
With arrival of his steaming reindeer stew imminent , Arvo analysed this particular manifestation of assumed indifference.
Low, Ona To His Just Desserts
Even the rats and pigs couldn't dissipate Petra's feeling of imminent triumph.
Val McDermid THE LAST TEMPTATION (2002)

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