in·​com·​ing | \ ˈin-ˌkə-miŋ \

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

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 Bilbao have already set about building for next season by securing the signings of Ander Capa and Cristian Ganea, with Dani Garcia and Mikel Merino also potential incomings, and Herrera could be the leader to take them forward., "Future of Man Utd's Spanish Duo in Doubt With Athletic Bilbao Keen to Bring Back Ander Herrera," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And Roll Call documented how corporate lobbyists are trying to find a way to get the incoming lawmakers who swore off political action committee (PAC) money to change their tunes. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Bad Girls' Caucus Has Been Sworn In and Congress May Never Be the Same," 3 Jan. 2019 The refractive index of a material is generated by the electrons jiggling about in response to the incoming light field. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gas jets make beautiful lens for light we can’t normally focus," 21 Dec. 2018 With a new year on the horizon, there are a bunch of incoming health food trends to get excited about. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 Jarab called on incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to use the critical outside investigations as a starting point to pick up the work of finding out what happened to the students and identifying those responsible. Christopher Sherman, The Seattle Times, "Groups call on Mexico to continue search for 43 students," 3 Sep. 2018 Duque's dependence on Uribe has sparked concern from critics, though analysts believe the former leader's mounting legal troubles could provide the incoming president a new degree of independence. Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Incoming Colombia president faces long list of challenges," 7 Aug. 2018 The students, all incoming freshmen at Washington University, a prestigious school that sits at the boundary of St. Louis and Clayton, were walking to a light rail station after a late-night meal at an IHOP restaurant. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "Black students wrongly accused of leaving without paying," 16 July 2018 Because of this constant turnover, there were moments in the lead-up to war that the United States could have negotiated a peace with an incoming government, most notably with Japan's last civilian prime minister Fumimaro Konoe. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries," 7 Dec. 2018 The incoming designer’s ego must be robust enough to take on the task but malleable enough to work under another’s name. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 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 \

Kids Definition of incoming

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

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to gather or build up little by little

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