forth·​com·​ing | \ fȯrth-ˈkə-miŋ How to pronounce forthcoming (audio) , 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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For a time, Epstein was markedly forthcoming about some of the allegations against him. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Earlier this week, Kylie appeared to tease her forthcoming skincare line, Kylie Skin, by sharing an early morning makeup-free selfie on Instagram. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Wore a Sheer White Dress Without Any Underwear," 30 Mar. 2019 Of course, this isn’t the first time Miley has embraced her Hannah Montana past as of late: celebrating the series 13th anniversary and even hinting at the release of her forthcoming seventh studio album with Hannah Montana imagery. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Got a Hannah Montana Haircut and Sang "Nobody’s Perfect" and "Best of Both Worlds"," 29 Mar. 2019 All forthcoming flights have been cancelled—even those scheduled for an imminent departure on Thursday—standing passengers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Discount Airline 'Wow' Shuts Down Out of Nowhere, Stranding Thousands of Passengers," 28 Mar. 2019 Maddie & Tae have released three songs from their forthcoming album already, but only one has made it to the Top 35 of the country airplay chart. Kristin M. Hall, The Seattle Times, "Country duo Maddie & Tae return with new label, new music," 25 Mar. 2019 Ferreira hits the small screen this year, starring opposite Zendaya, Maude Apatow, and Storm Reid in the forthcoming HBO production Euphoria. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Trailblazing Model Is Poised to Become TV’s Next Big Thing," 21 Mar. 2019 Angelina Jolie is reprising her role in the forthcoming Disney live-action Maleficent sequel. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Looks Both Terrifying and Beautiful in the New Maleficent Poster and I'm Shook," 7 Mar. 2019 One theory: Swift’s Sunday Instagram of seven palm trees is a hint that her seventh album is forthcoming. Vogue, "Taylor Swift Lovingly Trolls Fans Hoping for a Big Secret Album Announcement," 27 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce forthcoming (audio) \

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 speak slightingly about or to degrade

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