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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Page is not ready for his world title run, and the incoming competition from NXT forced AEW to readjust and run with Jericho as their inaugural champ. Justin Barrasso,, "Chris Jericho Becomes All Elite Wrestling's First-Ever World Champion: All Out Takeaways," 1 Sep. 2019 For those starting the school year in need of a seriously powerful new PC, or even PC gamers who want a new rig for the incoming slate of titles, there are plenty of great picks. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Score 20% off on all Acer products," 31 Aug. 2019 Inside West Quad, a group of students gathered from MLEAD, a week-long leadership program for incoming and returning undergrads living in UM housing. The Detroit News, The Mercury News, "Sasha Obama set to begin college career at University of Michigan," 29 Aug. 2019 The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. Robert Burns, Fortune, "The Pentagon Canceled a Boeing Contract to Develop a Better Missile Defense ‘Kill Vehicle’," 21 Aug. 2019 The radar and listening post features a Ballistic Missile Early Warning System that can detect incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles and reaches thousands of miles into Russian territory. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Here's what it could cost for America to buy Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 That could put a damper on plans for new export facilities, and leave an incoming fleet of new tankers looking for work. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Sold on Tankers; Amazon’s Third-Party Gains; Robots Getting Stuck," 12 Apr. 2019 Akins, an incoming senior at Rancho Bernardo High School, replaces Jake Schwartz, who graduated from Westview High School in June. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "PUSD budget adds $1.8 million for textbooks," 15 Aug. 2019 The Army has so far been interested in weapons to engage enemy drones and drone swarms—IFPC-HEL will be just powerful enough to shoot down an incoming cruise missile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Plans To Field the Most Powerful Laser Weapon Yet," 7 Aug. 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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The first known use of incoming was in the 14th century

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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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