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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective By one estimate, an American naval force within 2,000km of China might have to parry 640 incoming weapons in a single salvo. The Economist, "Aircraft-carriers are under threat from modern missiles," 14 Nov. 2019 Most missile defense systems depend on having a good idea of where the incoming weapon is going. Alex Ward, Vox, "What caused Russia’s radioactive explosion last week? Possibly a nuclear-powered missile.," 13 Aug. 2019 Once the incoming weapon is in range, Trophy fires a shotgun-like pattern of metal at the weapon to destroy it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Claims New Missile Can Clobber U.S. Tanks, But Can It Really?," 11 Sep. 2018 One of the most high-profile last year: a Brooklyn district where all the middle schools agreed to eliminate selective admissions criteria for incoming students. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "New York is in uproar over push to ax gifted programs. This school is doing it anyway," 14 Jan. 2020 The definitive data on why the grasshoppers change color is expected to be collected next year by an incoming doctoral student — provided the population still exists. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "Some of Australia’s Smallest Species Could Be Lost to Wildfires," 9 Jan. 2020 Thirty-four new incoming students, a record number, entered the program this past fall, according to UC. Max Londberg,, "Digital media student says UC contracts, director's dismissal hurt learning at new program," 26 Dec. 2019 The University of California is being sued for requiring incoming students to take the SAT and ACT. Li Cohen, CBS News, "California universities using SAT for admissions are violating civil rights, lawsuit claims," 10 Dec. 2019 In a longstanding tradition, nearly every U.S. medical school presents incoming students with a white coat and stethoscope to launch their careers. NBC News, "Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech rivals pose a threat," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Western University said three current graduate students died and one was an incoming graduate student. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Iran plane crash: What we know about the investigation and the 63 Canadians killed," 8 Jan. 2020 Aside from large picture-window views of incoming and departing trains, the focal points here are clear: a glowing McIntosh turntable at one end and a massive Sonus Faber stereo system at the other. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends," 20 Dec. 2019 Liverpool are not expected to be heavily active with incomings during the transfer window, with Origi and youngster Rhian Brewster tipped to act as cover for first choice trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane., "Liverpool to Reject All Approaches for Divock Origi This Summer With Contract Talks Ongoing," 19 June 2019 Manchester United aren't expected to be deterred by Sancho's new deal, however, as Solskjaer prepares for a quiet season of incomings before continuing his rebuilding process at Old Trafford in July., "Man Utd Staying Patient in Jadon Sancho Pursuit & Prepared to Renew Interest in Summer 2020," 29 Aug. 2019 Obviously, the same can't be spent for Tottenham, who went through an unprecedented summer of no incomings or outgoings in 2018, prior to the season where Liverpool leapfrogged them., "Liverpool & Tottenham Are Heading in Completely Different Directions After Years as Rivals," 29 Oct. 2019 Robocallers are also shifting to toll-free numbers which presents a challenge to legitimate companies as customers don't know which incoming calls are real, TNS reports. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Most of the robocalls you get aren't coming from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile numbers," 12 Sep. 2019 Unai Emery had admitted that the imminent arrival of Nicolas Pepe is not likely to be the Gunners' last transfer of the summer, while also hinting that Laurent Koscielny's future could play an important part in potential incomings., "Unai Emery Hints That Laurent Koscielny's Future Will Impact Arsenal's Incoming Signings," 1 Aug. 2019 Open to incoming and current high school players, field and goalkeeper., "Rec Sports: Camps & Clinics for July 28, 2019," 28 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'incoming.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of incoming


1753, in the meaning defined at sense 3


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about incoming

Time Traveler for incoming

Time Traveler

The first known use of incoming was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for incoming

Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Incoming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for incoming


How to pronounce incoming (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on incoming

What made you want to look up incoming? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!