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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

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 Other shops in Lane Parke plan specials for the coming of GreenWise Market. William Thornton |,, "GreenWise Market powers Lane Parke as Phase II construction continues," 21 June 2019 And for the past 10 years, the state’s focus veered toward Gov. Brown’s hopes for the second coming of a bullet train -- this time between San Francisco and San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nearly 40 years ago, another transportation vision emerged for San Diego," 19 June 2019 That Was Promised, who is basically the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, and destined to save mankind from the darkness in its second coming—which, sure seems to have been the White Walkers and the Army of the Dead. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Is Arya Azor Ahai? The Battle of Winterfell in 'Game of Thrones'," 29 Apr. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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. Time, "North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Killing 3 Muslim University Students," 12 June 2019 Jumping on the bandwagon In hearings and closed-door work over coming months, lawmakers in the House aim to peel the complex onion of the tech industry's dominance. CBS News, "Big Tech becomes big punching bag at House hearing on news business," 11 June 2019 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

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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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