Definition of imminently in English:



  • Very soon.

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