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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 His coming-soon place on Greenville Avenue in Dallas will be a 12-seat omakase restaurant, where diners trust the chefs to make what inspires them. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Dallas’ most exciting new restaurants and bars opening in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 The Browns got some good news and some concerning news regarding starters in their secondary coming off Sunday’s 22-17 victory over the Eagles. cleveland, "Denzel Ward having MRI on calf; Ronnie Harrison has knee contusion, could face his former team, the Jaguars," 23 Nov. 2020 That journey takes her to different dimensions (the fictional world is a multiverse) and ultimately to her own coming of age. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "BBC drops new trailer and featurette for the upcoming His Dark Materials S2," 26 Oct. 2020 In a rare interview, with the New York City television channel NY1 in 2010, Mr. van Ameringen spoke of his coming of age in repressive times. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Henry van Ameringen, Friend of L.G.B.T.Q. Causes, Dies at 89," 24 Sep. 2020 The image will evolve to tell the story of Jacque's and Rayden's coming of age over the next 11 years. NBC News, "How MLB player-turned-artist Micah Johnson is celebrating Black boyhood," 18 June 2018 These ideas of a leader being some kind of second-coming of a Christ figure or other prophetic figure are also typical of cultic structure, Lalich says. Mara Santilli,, "Trump World Is A Cult. Can Its Followers Be Saved?," 14 Dec. 2020 Indeed, one of the most critical, contentious elections in America's history has signaled the Black electorate's coming of age. NBC News, "From Covid-19 to racial justice, how 2020's biggest issues influenced the Black vote," 25 Nov. 2020 This series hosted and produced by Will Smith brings together a diverse group of up-and-coming and well-established comedians to explore the nature of comedy. Washington Post, "What to watch on Monday: ‘Shawn Mendes: In Wonder’ on Netflix," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The coming rollout of 5G cellular networks is expected to stimulate the need for more computing and data storage on an enormous scale as well. Star Tribune, "Our digital lives drive a brick-and-mortar boom in data centers," 27 Dec. 2020 GitHub represents one of the first websites in a coming wave of cookie-phase-outs. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "GitHub CEO: We’re nuking all tracking ‘cookies’ and you should too," 17 Dec. 2020 Researchers warned that this is just the beginning of viral hoaxes on social media that will feed off the unknowns of the virus and the vaccines to undercut public trust in the coming wave of immunizations. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Pfizer vaccine reaches final review for FDA authorization as US nears 290K deaths," 11 Dec. 2020 Newsome, the Republican lawmaker, announced efforts to co-sponsor hate crime legislation in the coming session. NBC News, "'Your kind is not welcome': Homophobic confrontation sparks debate in Wyoming," 7 Dec. 2020 Stocks have soared back to highs, fueled by enthusiasm about a coming vaccine for the coronavirus as well as relief that the election—widely anticipated for months—has passed. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Falling Market Volatility Signals Growing Optimism About Stock Rally," 27 Nov. 2020 Trump’s aggressive promotion of a coming vaccine has stoked distrust among many in the U.S. Emma Court, Anchorage Daily News, "US discord deepens over vaccines, immunity as coronavirus rebounds," 21 Oct. 2020 Now there are more than 30 independent distilleries in Ireland, with more coming. Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times, "Irish whiskey makers take their shot at a bold makeover," 5 Nov. 2020 Talk of a coming vaccine offered a bit of good news rarely available from the Democratic governor in the past week, after record-setting days for new infections and tighter restrictions starting in the coming days for parts of the state. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Westminster Dog Show, Surgeon General cited, Las Vegas casino to debut: News from around our 50 states," 23 Oct. 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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7 Jan 2021

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“Coming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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