Definition of imminently in English:



  • Very soon.

    ‘an announcement is expected imminently’
    • ‘Three more restaurants have opened and more are scheduled to open imminently.’
    • ‘Is this something that you expect to happen imminently?’
    • ‘Decisions are due imminently.’
    • ‘A government spokeswoman said a replacement for him would be announced "imminently".’
    • ‘Her decision is due "imminently".’
    • ‘Once this document is signed - which is expected imminently - it's obviously too late to change anything.’
    • ‘An inspection is expected imminently.’
    • ‘We don't believe anything is going to happen imminently.’
    • ‘He believes that a fight is imminently about to start.’
    • ‘We are expecting the completion of the first two imminently.’


The adverbs imminently and eminently are often confused. Imminently means ‘very soon’ (a general election may be announced imminently), while eminently means ‘to a notable degree; very’ (the book is topical and informative and eminently readable)