com·​ing | \ ˈkə-miŋ \

Definition of coming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of arriving



Definition of coming (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : immediately due in sequence or development in the coming year
2 : gaining importance the coming trend

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Examples of coming in a Sentence


the coming of the children meant we could finally get the party started


The company has many plans for the coming year. An official announcement will be made in the coming days.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Don’t be surprised to see additional comings and goings over the course of the summer. Michael Lev And Justin Spears, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats football roster in flux during offseason," 13 June 2018 Since the nest is so well hidden, Attenborough and his team set out to document the comings and goings. New York Times, "Don’t Try to Catch a Komodo Dragon — Unless You’re David Attenborough," 29 May 2018 Some viewers think Mallory might represent the second coming of Christ, in opposition to Michael’s antichrist. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "13 “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” Fan Theories That Might Predict What Is Ahead," 1 Nov. 2018 Windows 10: Now and in the future Unfortunately, the imminent Windows 10 October 2018 Update never had a formal coming-out party. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches next-gen Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio and more," 2 Oct. 2018 But San Antonio is revving up for a second coming, and there are plenty of reasons to visit in 2018. Mark Johanson,, "Taco trucks and beyond: San Antonio, home to Final Four, has a winning food scene," 28 Mar. 2018 Elle Mills’ short video about the one-year anniversary of her coming-out video is charming, funny, and a very welcome bright spot in YouTube’s sometimes exhausting ecosystem. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This week’s best from the web," 30 Nov. 2018 Spectre Folio features, specs, and pricing The Spectre Folio will start off with three SKUs: one exclusive to Best Buy, one available from HP, and a third coming later in the year, along with some new options. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious," 1 Oct. 2018 Dhananjay got his start on YouTube making parody videos of popular R&B songs, which attracted the attention of filmmaker Geremy Jasper who cast him in his coming-of-age rap story that was picked up by Fox Searchlight out of the Utah festival. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Patti Cake$' Actor Siddharth Dhananjay Signs With APA," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Still, investors remain skittish about how long the U.S. economy can continue to grow, warning that a flattening yield curve could signal a coming slowdown in the world’s largest economy. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "European Shares Creep Down Despite Trade Optimism," 13 Dec. 2018 In the 1990s and early aughts, a handful of coming-of-age films, including Love and Basketball, Akeelah and the Bee, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, and Our Song, starring teenaged Kerry Washington, featured adolescent black girls. Genelle Levy, Teen Vogue, "The Hate U Give Is the Film That Black Girls Need Today," 19 Oct. 2018 But these projections put the coming impact of Brexit into stark relief. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Brexit will hurt the UK’s economy no matter what — says the government’s own analysis," 29 Nov. 2018 That decline is on track to continue this fall, after the nation’s business programs received 13% fewer GMAT score reports from foreign applicants for the coming academic years. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "‘U.S. Workers Only’: Companies Hesitate to Hire Foreign M.B.A. Students," 1 Aug. 2018 Margaret Gerwels says her son was an honors student at middle school who loved sports and hoped to make the freshman basketball team this coming school year at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Chicago Tribune,, "Plaque returning to final Elvis concert site in Indianapolis," 26 June 2018 Margaret Gerwels says her son was an honors student at middle school who loved sports and hoped to make the freshman basketball team this coming school year at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Fox News, "Indiana teen killed by basketball backboard in freak accident," 26 June 2018 The bill was never formally introduced into Congress, suggesting that Khanna, who won his re-election bid last night, has plans to push it harder in the coming session. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 Similarly, Astra Space has released no public information about the flight plan for the coming test flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of coming


13th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the time when something begins



English Language Learners Definition of coming (Entry 2 of 2)

: happening soon or next

: becoming more important or popular

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