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

Definition of incoming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of incoming (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of incoming in a Sentence


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


All incoming phone calls are monitored for quality control.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite news of a potentially shrewd incoming at the King Power Stadium, one man who is expected to leave the club this summer is Riyad Mahrez, as reports claim that Manchester City are close to signing the Algerian international for fee of £75m., "Leicester Target West Brom Centre Back With £3m Release Clause Following Premier League Relegation," 31 May 2018 There has been a lot of talk about incomings at Anfield ahead of the new season, with Fabinho and Naby Keita both to come in, and Nabil Fekir still a possibility, but not a lot has been said about players going out., "Liverpool Fans Vote for 3 Players They Want to Sell the Most With Some Very Interesting Results," 5 June 2018 Reports of genuine substance regarding any possible Chelsea incomings have been noticeably absent from the typical media buzz since the end of the season., "Chelsea in Crisis as Senior Players Grow 'Increasingly Concerned' Over Lack of Transfer Activity," 19 June 2018 Benitez will be keen to focus on potential incomings at St James' Park meanwhile, with the Magpies rumoured to be interested in moving for prolific Sporting CP striker Bas Dost., "Rafael Benitez Urges Key Defender to Stay at Newcastle Amid Strong Interest From Chelsea & Tottenham," 8 June 2018 Forest are interested in signing the midfielder on a permanent deal with his move raising funds for any potential incomings to St. James' Park., "Newcastle Midfielder Mikel Merino Will Be Allowed to Leave the Club on One Condition," 18 June 2018 Abidal's role at the club will involve playing a key role in all transfer business, both incomings and outgoings in what is expected to be a busy summer transfer window for the Catalan giants., "Barcelona Announces Appointment of Ex-Player Eric Abidal​ as Sporting Director," 7 June 2018 Manchester United, meanwhile, have been keeping themselves busy with incomings this summer., "French Journalist Explains Man Utd Fekir Offer as Report Claims Red Devils Submit Bid for Forward," 30 June 2018 Roma may need to balance the books this summer due to potential incomings and should be able to rake in some of that by selling Nainggolan., "Inter Set to Make Bid for Roma's Radja Nainggolan as Premier League Trio Also Eye Potential Deal," 28 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Last week, altruistic fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex came up with a way to celebrate the couple's incoming baby and honor their philanthropic work using the power of social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Thank Fans for Donating to Charities in Their Honor Ahead of Their Baby's Arrival," 5 Apr. 2019 Mars missions fail about 50 percent of the time, in part thanks to an atmosphere that's too thin to slow down an incoming object, but thick enough to generate friction as the craft hurtles toward the ground. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "‘Marsquakes’ are a thing, and this NASA spacecraft will go look for them," 3 May 2018 Although some details are classified, it was long assumed that the Air Force would salvo 4-5 GBIs per incoming warhead to ensure a successful intercept. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Claims Success in New Missile Defense Test," 26 Mar. 2019 Tom Ford, fashion designer, movie director, and as of today, the incoming chairman of the CFDA, is on the line from Los Angeles. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Exclusive: Tom Ford Talks CFDA and American Fashion," 19 Mar. 2019 Industrial production has fallen, incoming orders are stagnant and foreign trade is not providing any new growth impulse, Wambach said. David Mchugh, The Seattle Times, "Survey points to no rebound for slowing Germany economy," 19 Feb. 2019 My inbox was flooded — overflowing with incoming mail. Jessica Press, Redbook, "Women Need to Know They Don't Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace," 19 Sep. 2018 This made her a prominent target for American shells, and the aging battleship ended up taking the brunt of incoming American fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sunken Japanese World War II Battleship Discovered Off Solomon Islands," 7 Feb. 2019 The radars help provide 360-degree detection of incoming fire. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "'Force field' technology could make US tanks unstoppable," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of incoming


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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