in·​com·​ing | \ ˈin-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce incoming (audio) \

Definition of incoming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : taking a new place or position especially as part of a succession the incoming president
2 : just starting or beginning the incoming year
3 : coming in : arriving an incoming ship incoming mail



Definition of incoming (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of coming in : arrival
2 : income sense 1 usually used in plural

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Examples of incoming in a Sentence

Adjective All incoming phone calls are monitored for quality control. Noun the endless succession of incomings had us wondering how we would ever find room for everyone the company's incomings from its brick-and-mortar stores, online sales, and Web site advertising
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Izzo already has three incoming freshmen signed for this fall in five-star shooting guard Max Christie and a pair of four-stars in point guard Jaden Akins and combo guard Pierre Brooks II. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball lands point guard transfer Tyson Walker from Northeastern," 27 Mar. 2021 College programs still have to fund those scholarships, impacting some incoming freshmen. Rick Armstrong,, "Football notes: Drake-bound Davion Cherwin scores on half of his touches as South Elgin opens season with win over Fenton," 24 Mar. 2021 As a result, everyone from the seniors to the incoming freshmen came in with a clean slate. Giana Han, al, "Old and new faces compete for spots at Auburn’s open practice," 22 Mar. 2021 In December, Germany played a dominant role in hammering out an initial European Union investment protection deal with China, despite objections from the incoming Biden administration. New York Times, "How Close Are China and Germany? Consider ‘Little Swabia.’," 19 Mar. 2021 But with returnees Travis Koontz accumulating less than 200 yards in each of his first two seasons and John Holcomb finishing his freshman campaign with 42 receiving yards, the No. 1 spot could belong to one of the two incoming freshmen. Dallas News, "Texas Tech offseason breakout candidate No. 5: Mason Tharp’s growth gives him chance to win TE battle," 18 Mar. 2021 The incoming freshmen, combined with a veteran core of Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Armaan Franklin, Rob Phinisee and Al Durham, seemed to provide the Hoosiers with the talent, depth and experience to contend for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana is hosting the NCAA Tournament but only one in-state team will play in it," 15 Mar. 2021 The unit also adds incoming freshmen Malachi Lawrence and Jae’vien Gill. Matt Murschel,, "New UCF assistants splitting time on defensive front," 11 Mar. 2021 Arizona has already signed three incoming freshmen, all guards. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, "Sean Miller hopes he can return Wildcats to 'top of the mountain'," 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With more supply incoming, vaccinators should be able to ramp up fairly quickly, according to Hartford HealthCare’s director of infection prevention Keith Grant. Emily Brindley,, "All Connecticut residents 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine on April 5," 15 Mar. 2021 In a third photo, Lopez gleefully poses in front of the Capitol, showing off her excitement for her performance and the incoming of a new administration for America. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Wears Suffragist White for Her Inauguration Day Performance," 20 Jan. 2021 The Justice Department moved to dismiss the case but with the presiding judge resisting such a move and a Biden administration incoming, Trump pardoned Flynn last month. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Michael Flynn previews 'spying' accusations against Obama," 5 Dec. 2020 The pressure on incomings and outgoings could change the way the funds invest. The Economist, "Raid on the piggy banks Sovereign-wealth funds face lean years," 23 May 2020 Cesc Fabregas also left the club, returning to Barcelona, while the incomings blew lukewarm and exceedingly cold., "Ranking Every Arsenal Summer Transfer Window Since 2002," 11 Aug. 2019 The Spaniard has been linked with a return to Barcelona, and the North London side could be keen to cash in on one of their most valuable assets to generate funds to put towards incomings this summer., "Arsenal Set to Beat West Ham & Juventus in Race to Sign €20m-Rated Italian Full-Back," 25 Apr. 2018 To make room for so many incomings, Villa have had to let several players depart, with only Gary Gardner fetching a fee, switching to rivals Birmingham City for an undisclosed amount., "Aston Villa 2019/20 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man & Predictions," 6 Aug. 2019 Sanders took plenty of incoming, but Tuesday’s Democratic debate devolved into a chaotic, all-way melee. Molly Ball, Time, "Desperate Democrats Brawl in Chaotic South Carolina Debate," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of incoming


1753, in the meaning defined at sense 3


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Mar 2021

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“Incoming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incoming

: arriving at or coming to a place
: taking a place or position that is being left by another person or group


in·​com·​ing | \ ˈin-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce incoming (audio) \

Kids Definition of incoming

: arriving at a destination She's waiting for an incoming train.

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