Definition of pending in English:

pending

adjective

  • 1Awaiting decision or settlement.

    ‘nine cases were still pending’
    • ‘That path would not be open to him under pending legislation to deny benefits to illegal aliens who lied to get work.’
    • ‘The Archbishop did not reveal if further settlements were pending.’
    • ‘The convention and the agreement containing the amendments remain pending in this committee.’
    • ‘A decision is pending at the present time and further review is also available by the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘The motions seek the court's approval to dismiss all the cases as a result of a pending settlement.’
    • ‘A decision from that court is pending as to how much of a role a court could claim, if any.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination was due to be held on Tuesday and an inquest will be opened and adjourned pending inquiries.’
    • ‘By now the number of drink driving cases pending locally runs decisively into three figures.’
    • ‘As long as this litigation was pending, uncertainty hovered over innovation like a dark cloud.’
    • ‘With the party leadership preoccupied with the elections the decision on his successor is pending.’
    • ‘He claimed few people had realised the significance of the inspector's pending decision.’
    • ‘Three staff members tested negative for influenza A, while the results for the remaining two were pending.’
    • ‘However, they've just been hastily reinstalled pending further legal decisions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He concluded that pending settlement, or trial, the proposed move was not in the children's best interests.’
    • ‘The rise is also due to the settlement of several pending claims, said a senior official.’
    • ‘The team has also applied for a U.S. patent on the technology; that decision is pending.’
    • ‘The only way to question pending decisions is by debate before the decision has been made.’
    • ‘My decision with respect to costs shall be reserved pending receipt of written submissions from the parties.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now let's hope that that pending date falls on the near side of soon.’
      • ‘Some members of Congress are bracing for what they say is a pending man-made financial disaster.’
      • ‘The offer is technically still pending but expected to go through.’
      • ‘The upside is that having a plan actually makes my life less stressful even when there are no pending disasters.’
      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 served six weeks before he was granted bail pending an appeal.’
    • ‘He was granted conditional bail pending pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced on September 12.’
    • ‘He was jailed for two months, but was released on bail pending his appeal.’
    • ‘It is very unusual to grant bail pending a matter in the Court of Criminal Appeal.’
    • ‘He sought bail from that court pending the hearing of his appeal.’
    • ‘When they were released pending a prosecution appeal, they immediately fled the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All penalties were suspended pending a crown court appeal.’
    • ‘The four people arrested in connection with the assault have been bailed by police pending further inquiries.’
    • ‘He was set free on Police bail pending his second trial on the original charges.’
    • ‘He was released on police bail last night pending further inquiries.’
    • ‘They agreed to give him sick leave until Monday, pending his return.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A drunk driver has been bailed pending a police investigation.’
    • ‘The men, however, had been released from custody last June, pending the appeal.’
    • ‘This is an application for bail pending the hearing of an application for special leave.’
    • ‘He was granted bail last May pending the outcome of his appeal.’
    • ‘He was charged with intimidation or assault of a flight crew and detained pending a bail hearing on Friday.’
    • ‘The editor and the publisher have pleaded not guilty and were released on bail pending a hearing in May.’
    • ‘The defendant may have been granted bail pending the preparation of reports, and absconded.’
    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/