Definition of imminently in English:



  • Very soon.

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