forth·​com·​ing | \ fȯrth-ˈkə-miŋ , ˈfȯrth-\

Definition of forthcoming

1 : being about to appear or to be produced or made available the forthcoming holidays your forthcoming novel funds are forthcoming
2a : responsive, outgoing a forthcoming and courteous man
b : characterized by openness, candidness, and forthrightness (see forthright entry 2 sense 2) not forthcoming about his memories of medical school— Mark Kramer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for forthcoming


approaching, coming, imminent, impending, nearing, oncoming, pending, proximate, upcoming


late, recent

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Examples of forthcoming in a Sentence

He was more forthcoming about his past than they expected. She has been less than forthcoming about her involvement in the scandal.

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And now, according to Deadline, Aaron Korsh weighed in on the likelihood of Meghan returning for the finale during TCA while discussing the forthcoming Suits spinoff starring Gina Torres. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Creator of Suits Just Weighed in on Whether Meghan Markle Will Return for Final Season," 30 Jan. 2019 Charities benefiting early years and family life are central, with the forthcoming initiative as a large part of that. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Experiences as a Mother Have Profoundly Shaped Her Focus for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 These are just the major health incidents that have gone public — and are good fodder for the recent documentary and forthcoming biopic. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s incredible ability to bounce back," 14 Dec. 2018 Samsung also announced a long-term partnership with Spotify, including support for its forthcoming Galaxy Home smart speaker. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Fortnite is now available on Android — just in time for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9," 10 Aug. 2018 Details are still forthcoming, but Cabra (which fittingly translates to goat in Spanish) will claim the hip property’s rooftop. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 2019 The forthcoming season will cover the royals from 1964 to the early '70s, which lines up precisely with the timeline of when Camilla and Charles first met. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Reportedly Watches The Crown," 1 Nov. 2018 Those offices filed separate and at times conflicting sentencing memorandums on Friday, suggesting divergent views of how forthcoming Mr. Cohen has been with law enforcement. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Cohen Gave Significant Help on Russia Probe, Mueller Team Says," 7 Dec. 2018 Even Senator Feinstein at the end of her questioning said thank you for being so forthcoming. Fox News, "Kavanaugh grilled on cases during confirmation hearing," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of forthcoming

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forthcoming

obsolete forthcome to come forth

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English Language Learners Definition of forthcoming

: appearing, happening, or arriving soon
: readily available
: honest and open


forth·​com·​ing | \ fȯrth-ˈkə-miŋ \

Kids Definition of forthcoming

1 : being about to appear the forthcoming holiday
2 : ready or available when needed Supplies will be forthcoming.

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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