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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


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

The writer noted the make of the couple’s car and the comings and goings of construction crews, and observed that the couple had three young children. New York Times, "New Jersey Family Terrorized by ‘The Watcher’ Sells Home at a Loss," 9 Aug. 2019 The restaurant, which is on concrete pilings, provides an elevated outpost to watch the comings and goings of boats on the watery highway, among them a floating tiki bar whose maneuverings in the harbor defied physics. Christina Tkacik,, "Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor puts the focus on Maryland seafood and produce," 8 Aug. 2019 After monitoring the comings and goings of several people on Thursday, agents searched a house on Addison Road in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood on Saturday, as well as Blackshaw’s home on East 85th Street. Eric Heisig,, "DEA agents recover $1 million, 20 pounds of cocaine in Cleveland raid, feds say," 17 June 2019 The sale of Tableau for $15 billion and rival Looker for $2.6 billion to Google earlier this month suggests a coming of age for data visualization. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The multibillion-dollar sales of Tableau and Looker are a coming of age for data visualization," 12 June 2019 While the second coming of Hester seems clear, NFL fans will sadly have to wait a little while longer to see the action on Sundays. Charlotte Carroll,, "The Second Coming of Devin Hester: Son Dray is Just Like Dad," 15 July 2019 Then, on September 23, the autumnal equinox will signal the coming of winter for the North and the start of summer for the southern part of the world. National Geographic, "What is an equinox, and why does it happen?," 19 Mar. 2019 Hardly sounds like the second coming of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to me. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Washington Republicans call little-known Greater Cincinnati Democrat a 'socialist loser.' Why that might be a losing message," 2 July 2019 But considering how much shooting range means in today's NBA, even if Robinson is the second coming of Steve Novak, that still could be enough to get him a contract somewhere, if not here. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is Duncan Robinson making himself a Heat keeper?," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And there probably won’t be any more coming via the comp-pick formula. Albert Breer,, "Andrew Luck on What His Long Injury Layoff Taught Him—About Football and Life," 1 Aug. 2019 Both stocks are down since their earnings reports, with AMD's stock off 6% late Tuesday following the company's warning that revenue may disappoint in coming quarters. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Apple’s Quarter Shows How Tech Investors Favor Services Growth Over Everything Else," 30 July 2019 Mount Dora Middle School Principal Jacob Stein, the district’s 2019-20 principal of the year, will oversee the education of older students the coming school year. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Lake County principal of the year part of summertime administrative shuffle," 18 June 2019 The coming name change is expected to carry that theme forward. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst College to be renamed Elmhurst University next year," 19 June 2019 By contrast, Peru has won the Copa America twice, with the last coming 44 years ago in 1975. Kevin Dotson, CNN, "The Women's World Cup final isn't the only big game this weekend. Keep your eyes on Wimbledon, the Tour De France and MLB," 5 July 2019 That film will hit theaters this coming holiday weekend on July 5. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Taco Cabana to serve frozen ‘Jack Daniels and Dr. Pepper' mixed drink on July 1," 1 July 2019 The restaurant will be open daily at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays for lunch service beginning at 11 a.m. During the coming holiday week, lunch will be available Tuesday through Saturday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hotel Del Coronado reaches first milestone — a new ocean-view restaurant — on its way to $200M transformation," 29 June 2019 All three were making plans to visit Turkey during their coming summer break to volunteer in a dental clinic at a camp for Syrian war refugees. CBS News, "Four years later, North Carolina man pleads guilty to killing 3 Muslim students," 12 June 2019

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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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