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

Definition of incoming

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of incoming (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of incoming in a Sentence

Adjective All incoming phone calls are monitored for quality control. 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As part of Monday’s decision, the NCAA also adjusted financial aid rules to allow for an increase to the scholarship limit in each sport, thus enabling aid for both returning seniors and incoming freshmen. Greg Luca,, "UTSA now looking for best path forward after NCAA eligibility ruling," 30 Mar. 2020 Roster limits will be adjusted to fit returning athletes along with incoming freshman. Ralph D. Russo, Houston Chronicle, "NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility," 30 Mar. 2020 Sophomore KyKy Tandy and incoming freshmen Dwon Odom, C.J. Wilcher and Colby Jones round out the rest of the roster right now. Adam Baum,, "Xavier Musketeers sophomore Dontarius James announces he's transferring," 25 Mar. 2020 William Marbury, who had been appointed a justice of the peace by outgoing President John Adams, was denied the official commission for that office by James Madison, secretary of state in the incoming Jefferson administration. Austin Sarat, The Conversation, "Barr isn’t the first powerful official to defy the courts and risk legitimizing contempt for the law," 13 Mar. 2020 Jones-Bell, Holden and Baker are a trio of four-star incoming freshmen. Mike Rodak |, al, "Projecting Alabama’s depth chart entering spring practice," 10 Mar. 2020 Just over a year ago, hours after the new House Democratic majority was sworn in, incoming freshman Rashida Tlaib gave an impassioned speech to a crowd of revelers at an event sponsored by the progressive group MoveON. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Airtight, Impotent Case for Impeaching Trump," 22 Jan. 2020 This, along with other disparaging statements from Trump directed at the Guatemalan government, could be a sign that the biggest critic of the incoming administration may be nearly 3,000 miles away in Washington. Polo Sandoval, CNN, "The global stakes of Guatemala's elections today," 11 Aug. 2019 Following the election, Mr. Broidy hired Mr. Gates to provide insight into the incoming administration and advise on Mr. Broidy’s clients’ Washington concerns. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Prosecutors Intensify Scrutiny of Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To make room for so many incomings, Villa have had to let several players depart, with only Gary Gardner fetching a fee, switching to rivals Birmingham City for an undisclosed amount., "Aston Villa 2019/20 Season Preview: Strengths, Weaknesses, Key Man & Predictions," 6 Aug. 2019 Sanders took plenty of incoming, but Tuesday’s Democratic debate devolved into a chaotic, all-way melee. Molly Ball, Time, "Desperate Democrats Brawl in Chaotic South Carolina Debate," 25 Feb. 2020 The spate of closings frees up some prime real estate for incoming shows in the 2019-20 season, which got underway May 30 with the opening of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. David Rooney, Billboard, "'The Cher Show' to End Broadway Run," 26 June 2019 Western University said three current graduate students died and one was an incoming graduate student. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Iran plane crash: What we know about the investigation and the 63 Canadians killed," 8 Jan. 2020 Aside from large picture-window views of incoming and departing trains, the focal points here are clear: a glowing McIntosh turntable at one end and a massive Sonus Faber stereo system at the other. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends," 20 Dec. 2019 Liverpool are not expected to be heavily active with incomings during the transfer window, with Origi and youngster Rhian Brewster tipped to act as cover for first choice trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane., "Liverpool to Reject All Approaches for Divock Origi This Summer With Contract Talks Ongoing," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of incoming


1753, in the meaning defined at sense 3


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of incoming was in the 14th century

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3 Apr 2020

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“Incoming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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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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