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[pend] /pɛnd/

verb (used without object)
to remain undecided or unsettled.
to hang.
Obsolete. to depend.
verb (intransitive)
to await judgment or settlement
(dialect) to hang; depend
(Scot) an archway or vaulted passage

c.1500, “to depend, to hang,” from French pendre, from Late Latin pendere “to hang” (see pendant). In some cases short for depend.


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