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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 This 2003 autobiographical coming-of-age story written and illustrated by Craig Thompson explores young love, sibling rivalry and faith, and is filled with rich, beautiful details in both its prose and art. Dan Toy, CNN Underscored, "The best graphic novels for readers of all ages, from kids to adults," 11 Sep. 2020 The series, which is filmed in Chicago, is described as a coming of age story set on the South Side of Chicago. Joe Otterson,, "‘The Chi’ renewed for Season 4 at Showtime," 8 Sep. 2020 The movie’s love theme is just as vital as a coming of age piece for Michael Corleone. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "40 greatest film scores of all time," 6 Sep. 2020 Court documents filed on his behalf state that his product is a sacrament, as important to his ministry as soliciting donations and preaching the second coming of Christ. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "'We’re not your slaves': Alternative health providers bristle at warning letters about their coronavirus treatments," 3 Sep. 2020 Cooper Hoffman, the son of Oscar-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is starring in Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled 1970s-set coming-of-age story. Mia Galuppo, Billboard, "Haim Singer and Cooper Hoffman to Co-Star in Paul Thomas Anderson '70s Drama," 3 Sep. 2020 Cooper, 17, will make his film debut opposite singer-songwriter Alana Haim in Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled 1970s-set coming-of-age story that will also star Bradley Cooper and Bennie Safdie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Eric Todisco,, "Philip Seymour Hoffman's Son Cooper, 17, to Make Film Debut in Paul Thomas Anderson's New Movie," 3 Sep. 2020 Look, nobody’s tagging Bol as the second coming of Vakeaton Quamar Wafer. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Keeler: Pump brakes on Bol Bol bandwagon, ESPN analyst Paul Pierce says," 23 July 2020 The new coming-of-age film starring Lili Reinhart and Austin Abrams, based on the novel by Krystal Sutherland, will be on Prime Aug. 21. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch this weekend on Netflix, Hulu, and more," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective No fundamental changes to the position of America in the global economy, no coming surge of manufacturing capacity. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "How They Lost," 4 Sep. 2020 Triple digits may arrive in greater Bay Area: As firefighters work to beat back wildfires in dry conditions, forecasters warn of a coming heat wave. Chronicle Staff,, "California Wildfires: Live Updates Aug. 31-Sept. 1," 3 Sep. 2020 And that has Dale Strong, chairman of the Madison County Commission, predicting a coming surge in coronavirus cases. Paul Gattis |, al, "Get ready for spike in cases from high school football crowds, north Alabama official warns," 24 Aug. 2020 Metro Health Director Colleen Bridger said the city department has enough case investigators and contact tracers to handle the current load, as well as any coming surge. Brian Chasnoff,, "‘Cause for concern’: Remote option sought for COVID-19 investigators," 16 Aug. 2020 For months, housing advocates have warned of a coming wave of evictions and foreclosures that will result from the pandemic. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland woman’s eviction case highlights growing struggle among Americans to pay rent during coronavirus pandemic," 14 Aug. 2020 Losing that game against the Spurs will conclude a most excellent tank job and ensure the Jazz the No. 6 seed in the coming Western Conference playoffs. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz set to wrap seeding games and epic tank job vs. Spurs on Thursday," 12 Aug. 2020 The lawmakers also want the department to waive area eligibility requirements for the entire coming school year. USA TODAY, "Event exceptions, school foggers, virtual state fair: News from around our 50 states," 12 Aug. 2020 Cornyn and other Republicans have predicted, in any case, that there will be a coming wave of legal action over the coronavirus. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Texas businesses back Cornyn’s proposed COVID-19 liability shield; critics call idea ‘mean-spirited’," 6 Aug. 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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15 Sep 2020

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“Coming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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