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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 Apostle Paul in writing about the second coming of the Lord mentions about the mystery of lawlessness. The Rev. Mike Taylor,, "Taylor: The mystery of iniquity in today’s world and the coming spiritual ‘reset’," 23 Aug. 2019 Bessemer City 28-19 Oak Mountain at Chelsea Oak Mountain QB Evan Smith enjoyed his coming-out party last year against Chelsea. Josh Bean |, al, "Birmingham picks: Can Homewood corral Alabama RB commit Roydell Williams?," 20 Aug. 2019 Gay twins Michael and Zach Zakar have turned their coming-out story into a gift that keeps on giving. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Cool events during hot August in around South Florida," 24 July 2019 In fact, there is an entire newsletter devoted to questionable comings and goings at the hotel. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Border Patrol Foundation moved its 2018 fundraiser to Trump’s hotel," 19 July 2019 The last album, Blue Neighbourhood, was a lot about coming of age. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Allie X Talks 'Apocalyptic' New Single, Writing With Troye Sivan & Her Connection to the LGBTQ Community," 1 June 2018 Some evangelicals believe that American foreign policy should support Israel to help fulfill biblical prophecies about the second coming of Christ. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Robert Jeffress, Pastor Who Said Jews Are Going to Hell, Led Prayer at Jerusalem Embassy," 14 May 2018 The second coming is part of Christianity, not Judaism. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, "Trump again says Jewish voters who support Democrats are ‘disloyal’," 21 Aug. 2019 Either way, summer flings and the subsequent bittersweet falls are practically a tradition of romantic coming of age. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Should I ask my summer fling to ditch his seasonal lifestyle and stay in Alaska?," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

So, with a disclaimer warning you that there are indeed a few naughty words dotted about in the coming list, here are five players whose names bare an unfortunate connotation somewhere else., "Lost in Translation: 5 Player Names That Mean Something Totally Different in a Foreign Language," 8 Sep. 2019 While analysts are looking at signs that seem to indicate a coming slowdown, Alabama is seeing record numbers of jobs and economic expansion. William Thornton |, al, "Recession fears: What could it mean for Alabama manufacturing?," 6 Sep. 2019 Prorogation also gives the government an opportunity to set out its new agenda for the coming session, which is announced by the Queen in a speech to lawmakers amid great pomp and ceremony. Billy Perrigo, Time, "U.K. Government Announces Plans to Suspend Parliament Before Brexit. Here's What That Means," 28 Aug. 2019 Alta Why the coming sabbatical of Amazon’s Hollywood chief has Wall Street on edge. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: 8chan and the future of the darkest corners of the internet," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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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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