Definition of pending in English:

pending

adjective

  • 1Awaiting decision or settlement.

    ‘nine cases were still pending’
    • ‘A court is to decide Tuesday whether he should remain in jail pending trial.’
    • ‘Wait until after the opposition has passed later on Wednesday before making a final decision on a pending matter.’
    • ‘The only way to question pending decisions is by debate before the decision has been made.’
    • ‘However, they've just been hastily reinstalled pending further legal decisions.’
    • ‘A decision from that court is pending as to how much of a role a court could claim, if any.’
    • ‘The team has also applied for a U.S. patent on the technology; that decision is pending.’
    • ‘Three staff members tested negative for influenza A, while the results for the remaining two were pending.’
    • ‘As long as this litigation was pending, uncertainty hovered over innovation like a dark cloud.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination was due to be held on Tuesday and an inquest will be opened and adjourned pending inquiries.’
    • ‘He concluded that pending settlement, or trial, the proposed move was not in the children's best interests.’
    • ‘That path would not be open to him under pending legislation to deny benefits to illegal aliens who lied to get work.’
    • ‘The rise is also due to the settlement of several pending claims, said a senior official.’
    • ‘My decision with respect to costs shall be reserved pending receipt of written submissions from the parties.’
    • ‘The Archbishop did not reveal if further settlements were pending.’
    • ‘He claimed few people had realised the significance of the inspector's pending decision.’
    • ‘A decision is pending at the present time and further review is also available by the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘With the party leadership preoccupied with the elections the decision on his successor is pending.’
    • ‘By now the number of drink driving cases pending locally runs decisively into three figures.’
    • ‘The convention and the agreement containing the amendments remain pending in this committee.’
    • ‘The motions seek the court's approval to dismiss all the cases as a result of a pending settlement.’
    unresolved, undecided, unsettled, unconcluded, uncertain, awaiting decision, awaiting action, undetermined, open, still open, hanging fire, in the air, up in the air, in limbo, in the balance, on ice, in reserve, in abeyance, ongoing, awaiting attention, outstanding, to be done, undone, not done, unattended to, unfinished, incomplete, left, remaining
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    1. 1.1 About to happen; imminent.
      ‘the pending lay-off of fifty staff’
      • ‘Now let's hope that that pending date falls on the near side of soon.’
      • ‘The offer is technically still pending but expected to go through.’
      • ‘Some members of Congress are bracing for what they say is a pending man-made financial disaster.’
      • ‘The upside is that having a plan actually makes my life less stressful even when there are no pending disasters.’
      • ‘Without a precautionary approach, regulatory action might have been delayed pending more compelling evidence of a risk of harm.’
      • ‘And he says there is a pending ecological disaster as the weed smothers river life.’
      imminent, impending, about to be, about to happen, forthcoming, upcoming, on the way, coming, approaching, looming, gathering, prospective, near, nearing, close, close at hand, in the offing, in the wind, to come, -to-be, anticipated, expected
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preposition

  • Until (something) happens.

    ‘they were released on bail pending an appeal’
    • ‘He was charged with intimidation or assault of a flight crew and detained pending a bail hearing on Friday.’
    • ‘He served six weeks before he was granted bail pending an appeal.’
    • ‘When they were released pending a prosecution appeal, they immediately fled the country.’
    • ‘They agreed to give him sick leave until Monday, pending his return.’
    • ‘He was granted bail last May pending the outcome of his appeal.’
    • ‘It is very unusual to grant bail pending a matter in the Court of Criminal Appeal.’
    • ‘The men, however, had been released from custody last June, pending the appeal.’
    • ‘A drunk driver has been bailed pending a police investigation.’
    • ‘The editor and the publisher have pleaded not guilty and were released on bail pending a hearing in May.’
    • ‘He sought bail from that court pending the hearing of his appeal.’
    • ‘The defendant may have been granted bail pending the preparation of reports, and absconded.’
    • ‘The inquiry was believed to focus on establishing whether he had been paid for the locum work while he was on full pay pending an appeal against his dismissal.’
    • ‘In the event, I have decided that there should be a grant of bail in this case pending the hearing of the appeal or earlier order.’
    • ‘He was granted conditional bail pending pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced on September 12.’
    • ‘All penalties were suspended pending a crown court appeal.’
    • ‘He was released on police bail last night pending further inquiries.’
    • ‘He was set free on Police bail pending his second trial on the original charges.’
    • ‘The four people arrested in connection with the assault have been bailed by police pending further inquiries.’
    • ‘He was jailed for two months, but was released on bail pending his appeal.’
    • ‘This is an application for bail pending the hearing of an application for special leave.’
    awaiting, waiting for, until, till, before, until there are, until there is
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Origin

Mid 17th century: anglicized spelling of French pendant ‘hanging’.

Pronunciation

pending

/ˈpɛndɪŋ/