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

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 Adjective All incoming phone calls are monitored for quality control.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Arsenal are yet to secure any incomings and have already missed out on Lorient youngster Alexis Claude-Maurice and Belgium international Yannick Carrasco., "Arsenal Ready to Bid £9m for Teenage Hungary International Dominik Szoboszlai," 19 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That 2017 team was supposed to be one of the Pride’s best, with 11 incoming juniors with vast varsity experience and skill. Mitch Stephens,, "Despite small roster, Salesian’s big dream remains intact," 6 Dec. 2019 Moscow could interpret an incoming missile as the first step in all-out attack and act accordingly. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Pentagon Says It Needs Low-Yield Nukes," 5 Dec. 2019 But the incoming governor's comments suggesting Lewis does not support public education are untrue, Lewis said. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "With his job in jeopardy, Wayne Lewis defends himself to state board of education," 4 Dec. 2019 The coaches were informed of the decision Sunday morning, and incoming recruits were notified after Edwards spoke with the media. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Rob Likens out as ASU offensive coordinator, two others also let go," 1 Dec. 2019 Wanamaker went for a steal on an incoming pass and just missed it., "Breaking down Buddy Hield’s record 11 3-pointers vs. the Celtics - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 Bernstein: So Putin’s favorite oligarch is suing the incoming Trump campaign manager. Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica, "“Spreading Corruption Is a Russian Government Foreign Policy”," 27 Nov. 2019 Dones points out that the Cassini team analyzing the incoming pollution has not settled on a precise rate. Quanta Magazine, "Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?," 26 Nov. 2019 At the time, subway staff only had sandbags and plywood to protect stations from incoming water. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, "How the New York City Subway Is Preparing for Climate Change," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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11 Dec 2019

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“Incoming.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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