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

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 Fernandez's role involves playing a major part in the comings and goings of playing staff at the club, and the Catalan giants' underwhelming recruitment last season promoted many followers of the club to criticise his work., "Barcelona Prepare to Part Company With Technical Secretary Ahead of Busy Summer in Transfer Market," 7 June 2018 But here in Riyadh, the war competes for attention in a city enthralled by other things, including the comings and goings of its restless and charismatic crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "Missiles fall. But for many Saudis, war in neighboring Yemen is an afterthought.," 13 Apr. 2018 The posts, which provide excellent vantage points on the comings and goings on the highway, are located on private land owned by the Rajneeshees, as are seven additional posts located within the city limits of Rajneeshpuram. Bill Driver, The New Republic, "Rajneesh’s Police State," 12 Apr. 2018 Carolyn has already posted several videos on Facebook of Molly talking about her coming-out journey and answering common questions people have about the LGBTQ community. Eric Duran /, NBC News, "Illinois town will get first pride parade thanks to this 12-year-old," 11 July 2018 But what made his coming-out party against Argentina even more dramatic was the venue. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The World Cup’s Breakout Star: Kylian Mbappé," 1 July 2018 So at least the movie is not the second coming of Shallow Hal. Gary Thompson,, "Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty': Not oh so witty or wise," 18 Apr. 2018 Milton, the Puritan, believed that Truth could never be known until the second coming. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 But the idea that the old world order is not a good fit for the current and coming world can also be taken as meaning that a little creative destruction might helpfully broaden minds and reshape institutions. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 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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