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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Synonyms & Antonyms for coming

Synonyms: Noun

advent, appearance, arrival, incoming

Synonyms: Adjective

future, unborn

Antonyms: Noun

decamping, decampment, departing, departure, disappearance, exit, exiting, farewell, going, leave-taking, parting, quitting

Antonyms: Adjective

bygone, past

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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

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 The messages, from September 2017 to April, detail the comings and goings from the residences of Sue, her family and her friends. Carleton English, Fox News, "Bill Gross made disputed home with ex-wife stink like vomit, dead fish with foul-smelling sprays: lawsuit," 18 June 2018 The Hidden World serves as the final coming-of-age installment for Hiccup, who continues his own warrior relationship with the Viking warrior Astrid (America Ferrera). Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Toothless is in love! New photos from 'How to Train Your Dragon 3'," 5 June 2018 Is this a book about the failure of Zionism, an exploration of the limits of idealism or a literary coming-of-age novel? Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "In the Colorado Desert, a Debut Novelist Finds a Metaphor for Israel and Palestine," 25 May 2018 Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran Author Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt performs his coming-of-age tale about a young Jewish orphan who befriends an elderly Muslim grocer in 1960s Paris; in French with English subtitles. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, April 29-May 6: 'The Baby Dance: Mixed' at Rubicon Theatre and more," 29 Apr. 2018 Would playing catch with daddy Zach Braff — who may be off elsewhere in his mind, concerned with his own coming-of-age from manchild to maybe man — be the source of all your therapy appointments in the future? Elisabeth Donnelly, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: This Song About Zach Braff Being Your Dad," 23 Apr. 2018 The cast of The Sandlot reunited on Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved coming-of-age movie with an appearance on The Today Show. Cady Lang, Time, "The Sandlot Cast Reunion Will Remind You That Life Moves Fast," 12 Apr. 2018 Maybe Hayton turns into the second coming of Patrice Bergeron. azcentral, "NHL draft grades: Mixed reviews for Arizona Coyotes' 2018 NHL draft picks?," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The company said those using the dating service could browse coming events, such as concerts, and see if others using the feature plan to attend, Facebook’s head of product, Chris Cox, said. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Facebook to Launch Opt-In Dating Feature," 1 May 2018 Those students will get to experience the new library as eighth graders in the coming term. Steve Sadin,, "New libraries at Caruso and Shepard designed with an eye toward collaboration, technology," 9 July 2018 The coming midterm elections make many GOP lawmakers particularly hesitant to get caught in the president’s crosshairs. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Republicans Hesitant to Cross Trump on Trade," 9 July 2018 In a new profile from Net-a-Porter, actress Tessa Thompson had her own subtle coming-out moment. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Tessa Thompson Ends Pride Month with a Very Chill Coming Out," 29 June 2018 Their efforts have spawned a Montreal company that’s a would-be David in the coming fight: Element AI. Alan Murray, Fortune, "China Trade War Latest, GE and Advent: CEO Daily for June 25, 2018," 25 June 2018 Economists that rise to mark the start of a steady climb higher over coming months, and inflation may touch the ECB’s target later this year. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Weak Eurozone Inflation Reinforces ECB Caution Over Reduction of Stimulus," 18 Apr. 2018 An elaborate paper gate rises floor-to-ceiling and sets the tone for the coming works. Sam Spengler, Smithsonian, "How One Museum Curator Is Bringing Burning Man Out of the Desert," 30 Mar. 2018 View Liveblog For the first time since 2015, Square Enix will be doing a pre-E3 presentation highlighting its coming year (and more) in games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Liveblog: Square Enix’s E3 2018 press conference," 11 June 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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