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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That investigation is ongoing, and charges are forthcoming, police said. Benjamin Peters,, "Medina man charged in break-in at Christmas museum Castle Noel," 2 July 2019 Given that general manager Matt Klentak has said that no massive trade is forthcoming, though, this may be a situation where the Phillies spend the deadline in a holding pattern. Jon Tayler,, "MLB Trade Deadline Spectrum: How Every Team Should Approach the Next Five Weeks," 26 June 2019 UConn’s Big East invitation is forthcoming, and soon athletic director David Benedict can move on to his next project. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: It’s time for David Benedict to handle the football problems that UConn’s Big East move creates," 24 June 2019 Regulators in recent weeks divvied up antitrust oversight of the four companies, a sign to some observers that formal inquiries could be forthcoming. Matt Day,, "Amazon U.S. Online Market Share Estimate Cut to 38% From 47%," 13 June 2019 The governor is also pushing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to hold a presidential debate in Puerto Rico and said a formal request will be forthcoming. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Puerto Rico governor looks to move up 2020 Democratic primary," 12 June 2019 Details about candidates, moderators and debate format in Detroit's upcoming event are forthcoming. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "How to get tickets to Detroit's Democratic presidential debate: You (probably) can't," 10 June 2019 The investigation is active and ongoing, and arrests are forthcoming, the sheriff’s office said. Robert Rhoden,, "Deputies investigating Thursday night stabbing outside restaurant near Covington," 7 June 2019 Silver said Stevens was forthcoming during an interview with league security. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA commission Adam Silver: Punishment for Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens 'appropriate'," 6 June 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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