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

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 website advertising
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After the election of Donald J. Trump, Sheikh Mohammed actively courted the incoming president and his entourage, and even canceled a meeting with Mr. Obama in order to meet Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. New York Times, 14 May 2022 The incoming Philippine president will be limited by negative public opinion against China, a traditionally pro-U.S. security establishment, and Duterte’s own recent warming up to Washington. Time, 13 May 2022 Jason Resendez is the incoming president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. Kristine Gill, Fortune, 11 May 2022 Additionally, Kim wants to send a message to South Korea's incoming president, Yoon Suk-yeol. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 6 May 2022 Balloons carried a million leaflets, small books, USB drives and pictures of South Korea’s incoming president into North Korea this week, as a group of defectors challenged a South Korean law that has barred such activity since last year. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Park said the balloons also contained pictures of South Korea’s incoming conservative president, Yoon Suk Yeol, to show North Koreans the difference between the South’s election system and the North’s father-to-son successions. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 The country’s incoming conservative president vows to change that. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Kati Spaniak, incoming president of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors and an agent for the last decade, said that working women are willing to pay top dollar for houses that seamlessly support the mechanics of their busy lives. Joanne Cleaver,, 10 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of the residential units are reserved for individuals and families who make less than $40,500, or 50% of the average incoming in King County, according to the release. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 Search Party spoiler incoming, besties (well, not really, but sort of). Wolfgang Ruth, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 There is, of course, an incoming spoke in the wheel. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Avila faced in 2017, when J.D. Martinez was destroying baseballs, the Tigers were bent on rebuilding and yet Avila’s outgoing calls far outnumbered his incoming. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 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,, 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, 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, 5 Dec. 2020 The pressure on incomings and outgoings could change the way the funds invest. The Economist, 23 May 2020 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Incoming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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

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

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