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

With the graduation of Bryce Brown, the Tigers will rely on guys like Memphis transfer Jamal Johnson and incoming freshman Tyrell Jones. Sam Blum |,, "Auburn basketball gains commitment from 3-star shooting guard," 7 June 2019 The incoming president told General Assembly members that when the United Nations convenes in September, its highest priorities will include climate change, universal health coverage, gender equality and the eradication of poverty and hunger. Fox News, "Nigerian ambassador is next UN General Assembly president," 5 June 2019 Bunch said the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center started rationing its supplies earlier this year after Baxter warned that an incoming hurricane could impact production. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska hospitals are coping with the nationwide IV bag shortage linked to Puerto Rico hurricane damage," 10 Jan. 2018 The evening commences with a voiceover from a White House correspondent who recites the President’s advice for residents of Savannah to evacuate ahead of an incoming hurricane (Bravo really outdid themselves with this dramatization). Emily Selter, Town & Country, "Southern Charm Savannah Episode 4 Recap: Ashley's Questionable Airport Job Revealed," 30 May 2017 Surely, no one wants an incoming President to fail. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "Vicky Ward on Why She Wrote About Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's Unprecedented White House Role," 17 Mar. 2019 Typically, inaugural greeting sessions of past mayors have lasted several hours — with family, friends and ordinary citizens all lining up and waiting for a chance to shake hands or to embrace the incoming mayor. Matier & Ross,, "Is San Francisco Mayor Farrell’s big idea of internet-for-all leaving office with him?," 4 July 2018 The incoming attack set off air raid sirens in the Golan. Zeina Karam And Aron Heller, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Most serious' military conflict between Iran, Israel breaks out in Syria," 10 May 2018 The latest missile test comes just weeks after a scare in Hawaii when a state Emergency Management Agency employee mistakenly sent an alert warning of an imminent incoming ballistic missile attack. Leada Gore,, "Missile-test failure: Alabama-made missile fails intercept test over Hawaii, reports say," 1 Feb. 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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