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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

Noun the coming of the children meant we could finally get the party started Adjective 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 John Singleton’s seminal coming-of-age film follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. Ben Flanagan |, al, "New on Netflix: November 2020," 2 Nov. 2020 The magical, musical coming-of-age story centered on a boy named Steven, who helped save the universe with his empathy. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, "‘Steven Universe’ characters lead Cartoon Network’s new antiracism PSAs," 27 Oct. 2020 The Gamecocks are not the second coming of 2019 LSU. Christopher Smith, al, "Barring better health, Auburn shouldn’t be favored by 3.5 at South Carolina," 13 Oct. 2020 For generations, Black parents have worked through difficult coming-of-age conversations with their children about how to deal with police, peers, school and the workplace. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "How ‘The Talk’ is Evolving Inside Black Families Amid Protests," 29 Sep. 2020 Author Anthony Horowitz's popular coming-of-age spy series is becoming a TV show. Christian Holub,, "All the virtual panels coming to New York Comic Con 2020," 23 Sep. 2020 Dickerson returned to the team Monday and got three hits including a homer and is turning into the second coming of Mike Trout, who went on a home run barrage after the birth of his first child. John Shea,, "Giants beat Rockies on big pinch hits for Dickerson, Belt, playoffs in reach," 22 Sep. 2020 As September arrives, the most obvious bellwether of seasonal change is the coming of spectacular color that paints the aspen groves spilling down of the rugged canyons like a molten lava flow. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The beauty of the fall in the High Sierra is starting to emerge," 3 Sep. 2020 Cooper is in talks to star in Anderson's next feature, an untitled coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Bradley Cooper in Talks to Star in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1970s Drama (Exclusive)," 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Now there are more than 30 independent distilleries in Ireland, with more coming. Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times, "Irish whiskey makers take their shot at a bold makeover," 5 Nov. 2020 Talk of a coming vaccine offered a bit of good news rarely available from the Democratic governor in the past week, after record-setting days for new infections and tighter restrictions starting in the coming days for parts of the state. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Westminster Dog Show, Surgeon General cited, Las Vegas casino to debut: News from around our 50 states," 23 Oct. 2020 The coming vacancies underscore the significance of the next president’s nominations to top financial regulatory bodies. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "SEC Corporation Finance Director William Hinman Plans to Step Down This Year," 27 Oct. 2020 Carlson’s team was the first, signalling a coming shift in power from northern Minnesota towns to the metro area suburbs. David La Vaque Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Boys' tournament legacy more than just Edina," 20 Oct. 2020 The coming wave of absentee ballot rejections is not a result of voter fraud, USA TODAY/CJI found, but instead the byproduct of 200 million eligible voters navigating an often confusing voting process where simple mistakes can cost a vote. USA Today, "More than 1 million people could lose their vote on Nov. 3. That’s the best-case scenario," 8 Oct. 2020 Concessions are often viewed by housing experts as a leading indicator of a coming price drop since landlords will often offer them first before reducing rent, Clark said. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Where are rents rising and falling the most in big cities after COVID-19?," 28 Sep. 2020 Ant’s coming IPOs have already drawn substantial interest from big investors from the U.S. to Asia, according to people familiar with the matter. Ian Talley, WSJ, "Regulatory Holdups Slow Ant Group’s IPO Plans," 16 Oct. 2020 Experts like Fauci say now is the time for cities and states to double down on safety measures to help combat a coming surge of Covid-19 cases. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "With the US making no progress on average daily Covid-19 cases last month, officials fear a coming crisis," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of coming was in the 13th century

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14 Nov 2020

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“Coming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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