1 adj If something such as a legal procedure is pending, it is waiting to be dealt with or settled.
FORMAL In 1989, the court had 600 pending cases..., She had a libel action against the magazine pending.
2 prep If something is done pending a future event, it is done until that event happens.
FORMAL A judge has suspended a ban on the magazine pending a full inquiry.
3 adj Something that is pending is going to happen soon.
A growing number of customers have been inquiring about the pending price rises.
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