I. pending pend‧ing 1 [ˈpendɪŋ] preposition formal
while waiting for something, or until something happens:

• A decision has been delayed pending further inquiries.

  [m0] II. pending pending 2 adjective
1. formal not yet decided or settled:

• Two lawsuits remain pending against the company.

• If a company has applied for a patent, it can put "patent pending " on the product it wants to patent.

2. formal something that is pending is going to happen soon:

• The bank said its poor performance would not affect its pending merger.

3. pending file/​tray OFFICE a place for putting papers, letters etc that have not yet been dealt with:

• The messages have all been placed in his pending file.

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pending UK US /ˈpendɪŋ/ adjective FORMAL
waiting to be decided or approved: »

The appeal is still pending.

waiting to happen: pending case/deal/lawsuit »

His representative was not free to comment on the pending case.

See also PATENT(Cf. ↑patent) noun
pending UK US /ˈpendɪŋ/ preposition FORMAL
while waiting for something to happen or be decided: »

Shares in the internet group were suspended at 0.14p, pending an announcement about the proposed merger.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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