in·bound | \ˈin-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of inbound 

: inward bound inbound traffic

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As both inbound and outbound shipments accelerated, China’s trade surplus with the U.S. reached over $22 billion in April, up 44% from March. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Exports from California Ports Surged in April on Trade Unease," 14 May 2018 Lenexa city spokeswoman Denise Rendina said Wednesday morning that all inbound and outbound calling on the city's telephone system were down. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Update: Phone lines back up in Johnson County | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018 The gains come as retailers and manufacturers are stocking up inventories, with inbound shipments of auto parts, furniture and back-to-school goods driving robust imports at American ports. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Package-Delivery Companies Hiring Staff, Gear Up Ahead of Holiday Season," 1 Sep. 2017 The crash happened on South Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the inbound lanes in the 7300 block of South Boulevard are shut down due to the crash. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Five injured in south Charlotte crash," 5 July 2018 Most of the guests work in security; air traffic control and customs for the unusual spike in inbound flights; international media; or with FIFA. Brett Martel, Fox News, "Saransk swells from building boom of World Cup proportions," 22 June 2018 City officials Thursday said the reserved lane, which bans parking along the inbound side of Washington Street every weekday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., will return June 18. Adam Vaccaro,, "Roslindale bus lane to become permanent," 7 June 2018 Previously, there were no inbound trains during the morning rush hour that ran express from Western Springs. Kimberly Fornek,, "Metra commuters have mixed feelings about new schedule on BNSF line," 18 June 2018 Radio messages from fellow survivors of the player’s crashed spaceship were enough to string me along, and the promise of an inbound rescue party had me curious as to what that would even mean. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "One main mystery makes survival in Subnautica worthwhile," 27 Feb. 2018

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inbound was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of inbound

: traveling into a place : inward bound

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