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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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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McBee is also a writer for Netflix’s forthcoming show Tales of the City and frequently speaks about the importance of diversity and representation in media around the country. Noor Brara, Vogue, "9 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Writers You Should Know," 30 Oct. 2018 Wonder Woman dominated the 2017 summer box office, and fans of the superhero are already giddy over the forthcoming sequel. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wonder Woman II: Everything We Know So Far," 22 Oct. 2018 Lindsey Rome Claire Gibson is the author of Beyond the Point (William Morrow), her forthcoming debut novel available in April 2019. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "My Long, Messy, Beautifully Complicated Path to Adopting My Son," 1 Oct. 2018 The Gateway would be built in space using materials carried by NASA's forthcoming Space Launch System (SLS) deep space rocket as well as by commercial vehicles. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bold But Vague: NASA Delivers the Official Road Map for its Future," 26 Sep. 2018 The forthcoming crime drama is due in theaters in August 2019. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Leonardo DiCaprio Gives it His All During a July 4th Volleyball Game in Malibu," 5 July 2018 The single, lifted from the forthcoming album Sweetener, came out a full week ahead of schedule. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Releases 'God Is A Woman': Fans React," 13 July 2018 At the time of his death, Mr. Abbott was in Las Vegas recording Hellyeah’s forthcoming album, said Karissa Vassallo, a publicist with the band’s record label, Eleven Seven Music. Mihir Zaveri,, "Vinnie Paul, 54, Pantera drummer and heavy metal innovator," 26 June 2018 In addition to decorating a new apartment with her fiancé, Ariana is busy promoting her forthcoming album Sweetener, releasing music videos, launching a perfume, and actively stanning Jupiter. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Relationship: A Timeline," 25 June 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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