EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Middle French pendre (to hang), from Late Latin pendĕre, from Latin pendēre.

VerbEdit

pend (third-person singular simple present pends, present participle pending, simple past and past participle pended)

  1. (obsolete) To hang down; to cause something to hang down [15th-19th c.]
  2. (obsolete, Scotland) To arch over (something); to vault. [15th-18th c.]
  3. (obsolete) To hang in reliance on; to depend (on or upon); to be contingent on.
    • 1832, Isaac Taylor, Saturday Evening
      pending upon certain powerful motives

NounEdit

pend (plural pends)

  1. (Scotland) An archway; especially, a vaulted passageway leading through a tenement-style building from the main street, giving access to the rear of the building or an internal courtyard. [from 15th c.]
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Etymology 2Edit

Compare pen (to shut in).

VerbEdit

pend (third-person singular simple present pends, present participle pending, simple past and past participle pended)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To pen; to confine.
    • 1564, Erasmus, NicholasUdall, Apophthegms
      soche frowarde creatures as many women are, ought rather to be pended vp in a cage of iron

Etymology 3Edit

Back-formation from pending.

VerbEdit

pend (third-person singular simple present pends, present participle pending, simple past and past participle pended)

  1. (transitive) To consider pending; to delay or postpone (something). [from 20th c.]
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 817:
      The latest list of detainees would be pended and they would be allowed to return to their homes on a temporary basis.

Etymology 4Edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

NounEdit

pend (uncountable)

  1. (India) oil cake

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

pend

  1. third-person singular present indicative of pendre

LombardEdit

EtymologyEdit

Akin to Italian pendere, from Latin.

VerbEdit

pend

  1. to hang

ScotsEdit

NounEdit

pend (plural pends)

  1. An arch, vault.
  2. A passageway between houses.

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Shortening of pendejo

NounEdit

pend m or f (plural pends)

  1. (slang) dumbass; retard; plonker