com·​ing | \ ˈkə-miŋ How to pronounce coming (audio) \

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 monitor shows their comings and goings, all day, everyday. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Sexton has written extensively about the white nationalist movement, and knows that people track his comings and goings online. Washington Post, "Maryland attack tells journalists to take threats seriously," 29 June 2018 First things first, Mayfield isn't the second coming of Johnny Manziel. Scott Patsko,, "Browns draft 2018: Grades and reaction from national media," 29 Apr. 2018 All the evidence of their comings and goings was on the computer hard drives, and in memory, and in the ephemeral network transmissions to and from the GRU’s command-and-control servers. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Every sentence of Trump’s tweet accusing Democrats of “collusion” with Russia is a lie," 15 Nov. 2018 Reentering the industry in 2016, her second coming was a runaway success. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Victoria’s Secret Model Is on a Mission to Create Education Equality," 8 Nov. 2018 There's also a coming of age party, a lot of alcohol, and some pretty heated guy-guy, guy-girl-guy, and guy-girl fornication. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 This was a big one for designer comings and goings, with debuts at Celine (Hedi Slimane), Burberry (Riccardo Tisci), and Louis Vuitton menswear (Virgil Abloh), in addition to Jones’s arrival at Dior Men. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 5 Most Trending Runway Shows of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 In a White House marked by a string of high-level comings and goings, an extraordinary level of palace intrigue and a general sense of unpredictability, there remains but one constant. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "Trump’s extraordinary tweetstorms mark an unsettling start to 2018," 6 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The coming changes could also affect users of prepaid cellphone brands like TracFone that use other companies’ networks. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "AT&T Gives 3G Service Three Years to Live," 21 Feb. 2019 Still, investors remain skittish about how long the U.S. economy can continue to grow, warning that a flattening yield curve could signal a coming slowdown in the world’s largest economy. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "European Shares Creep Down Despite Trade Optimism," 13 Dec. 2018 In the 1990s and early aughts, a handful of coming-of-age films, including Love and Basketball, Akeelah and the Bee, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, and Our Song, starring teenaged Kerry Washington, featured adolescent black girls. Genelle Levy, Teen Vogue, "The Hate U Give Is the Film That Black Girls Need Today," 19 Oct. 2018 But these projections put the coming impact of Brexit into stark relief. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Brexit will hurt the UK’s economy no matter what — says the government’s own analysis," 29 Nov. 2018 That decline is on track to continue this fall, after the nation’s business programs received 13% fewer GMAT score reports from foreign applicants for the coming academic years. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "‘U.S. Workers Only’: Companies Hesitate to Hire Foreign M.B.A. Students," 1 Aug. 2018 Margaret Gerwels says her son was an honors student at middle school who loved sports and hoped to make the freshman basketball team this coming school year at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Chicago Tribune,, "Plaque returning to final Elvis concert site in Indianapolis," 26 June 2018 Margaret Gerwels says her son was an honors student at middle school who loved sports and hoped to make the freshman basketball team this coming school year at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Fox News, "Indiana teen killed by basketball backboard in freak accident," 26 June 2018 The bill was never formally introduced into Congress, suggesting that Khanna, who won his re-election bid last night, has plans to push it harder in the coming session. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 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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