Definition of imminent in English:



  • 1About to happen.

    ‘they were in imminent danger of being swept away’
    • ‘The only difference is that the threat from the former is real and imminent and part of an ongoing development programme.’
    • ‘The expectation among outsiders oscillates between an imminent rise and an early cut in rates.’
    • ‘I will tell you that it did not appear to be a terrorist event and there is no imminent threat.’
    • ‘But the imminent threat of recession was not the economic fundamental he had in mind.’
    • ‘A falcon with regard to an expected visitor indicates imminent news or arrival.’
    • ‘The second is messianism, the expectation of imminent transformation of the world.’
    • ‘The fourth scenario is similar to the third except that the danger is not as imminent.’
    • ‘Overall then, there's no sign the payout is in danger, nor any sign of imminent share price fireworks.’
    • ‘As we spoke, the siren of an approaching ambulance warned of the imminent arrival of yet another victim.’
    • ‘It was hard to sit in one and not expect the imminent arrival of the drinks trolley.’
    • ‘That leaves the question of how immediate or imminent the threatened violence needs to be.’
    • ‘A number of groups are trying to save our lighthouses in the face of this imminent threat.’
    • ‘In the end, is it about imminent threats or about picking fights you can win?’
    • ‘This alarm will sound if opened by a small child to alert parents of the imminent danger.’
    • ‘An imminent merger means that his colleagues are all threatened with redundancy.’
    • ‘In the new era which Mark believes is dawning, the temple is rejected and its imminent destruction is expected.’
    • ‘How could the mother have imagined the imminent danger that was closing in on her son?’
    • ‘Tiles have fallen from the roof of the small chapel and the entrance archway looks in danger of imminent collapse.’
    • ‘These Lutherans were pietist and puritanical, expecting the imminent apocalypse.’
    • ‘The imminent use of biological weapons and the threat of millions of deaths is not a laughing matter.’
    impending, at hand, close, near, approaching, fast approaching, coming, forthcoming, on the way, about to happen, upon us, in store, in the offing, in the pipeline, on the horizon, in the air, in the wind, brewing, looming, looming large
    threatening, menacing
    expected, anticipated
    on the cards
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  • 2archaic Overhanging.


Late Middle English: from Latin imminent- overhanging, impending, from the verb imminere, from in- upon, towards + minere to project.