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

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 The 63-year-old spoke to the press (via Liverpool Echo) ahead of Saturday's home game against West Brom and was quizzed on whether more incomings could be expected at Goodison Park., "No More Everton Incomings as Sam Allardyce Admits Blues' January Business Is Done," 19 Jan. 2018 Four incoming and four outgoing Southwest flights on Monday were late or expected to be delayed, but the majority of the carrier's Sacramento flights were reported to be on time. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Southwest cancels some flights for engine inspections after fatal explosion | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Joiner will join a crowded running back room with five scholarship players already contending for reps in the backfield, so cracking the rotation this season could be a difficult task for the incoming freshman. Tom Green,, "Running back signee Harold Joiner could play 4 different positions for Auburn," 25 Apr. 2018 Annie Shi, an incoming freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design, brought attention to the trope on Twitter last week. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "People Want to Know Why So Many Asian TV Characters Have the Same Colored Streak in Their Hair," 21 Aug. 2017 The biggest play to date, though, for the incoming senior has been off the field in support of an underclassman in need. Scott Springer,, "Ladonnis Griffin's biggest play ever at Lakota West was a GoFundMe page," 12 July 2018 But Finkelstein said that won’t happen anytime soon because incoming and outgoing mail is being controlled by the public defender’s office. Skyler Swisher,, "Profiting from pain: 'Murderabilia' has macabre appeal to collectors," 13 June 2018 The Amtrak station remains blocked off as well, delaying both incoming and outgoing trains, including Capitol Corridor trains 535 and 528. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Downtown Davis streets blocked off after suspicious package left at Amtrak station | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 The site, at 3901 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, is barely a block away from the airport, likely visible from a window seat on many incoming flights. Tom Roland, Billboard, "ACMs Face Challenge of Celebrating an Awards Show In The Shadow Of Route 91," 10 Apr. 2018 All incoming flights were suspended and hundreds of travelers at Terminal 4 waited as police searched for what turned out to be three people linked to the shooting who entered the airport to evade police. Ashleigh R Wilson, azcentral, "Yes, it really happened on an airport tarmac in metro Phoenix," 29 July 2016 All of them wore only a flat glove, basically a leather oven mitt that allows a player to stop an incoming ball without breaking a finger, but not actually catch it. Zach Buchanan,, "B-Lark University: Barry Larkin shapes young stars ... until he’s ready to manage the Reds," 18 Jan. 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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