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pending

adjective uk   /ˈpen.dɪŋ/ us  
about to happen or waiting to happen: There were whispers that a deal was pending. The pending releases of the prisoners are meant to create a climate for negotiation.

pending

preposition uk   /ˈpen.dɪŋ/ formal us  
used to say that one thing must wait until another thing happens: The identity of the four people was not made public, pending (the) notification of relatives. Flights were suspended pending (an) investigation of the crash.
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