on·​com·​ing | \ ˈȯn-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce oncoming (audio) , ˈän- \

Definition of oncoming

1a : coming nearer in time or space the oncoming year an oncoming car
b : future looked forward to his oncoming visit
2 : emergent, rising the oncoming generation

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Examples of oncoming in a Sentence

we're looking forward to your oncoming visit
Recent Examples on the Web The oncoming car slowed, slowed, and slowed more, but never stopped. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Close possum encounters: Freeloading, chicken thievery, playing dead until dead," 23 Dec. 2020 According to police, the vehicle took off towards Government Street and struck another vehicle head on after swerving into oncoming traffic. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, "Alabama gas station clerk nearly killed after jumping on shoplifter’s car," 12 Nov. 2020 Moises Melo De Leon, 27, veered into oncoming traffic on a two-lane road in Winter Haven on November 29 and hit an SUV nearly head-on, killing the other driver along with De Leon’s son, FHP said. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "FHP: Man faces DUI manslaughter charges in Polk crash that killed his son, 5, and other driver," 13 Dec. 2020 The right’s case for this has been that companies will otherwise be buried in an oncoming avalanche of suits from employees. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Congress’s Theater of Compromise and the Death of Covid Relief," 8 Dec. 2020 Perez then crossed into oncoming traffic again and crashed the truck into a silver sedan heading south, according to Fortune. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Police identify driver, man killed in 3-vehicle crash at 16th Street and Buckeye Road," 28 Nov. 2020 Kevin Gilroy died after his Toyota 4Runner crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding with a van and a pickup truck near milepost 35, south of Vernonia, Oregon State Police said in a statement. oregonlive, "Victim identified in fatal U.S. 26 crash in rural Washington County," 13 Nov. 2020 Shunts were placed in areas that disrupt the crossing guards where the tracks cross streets, so vehicles could have tried to cross the tracks unaware of the oncoming train, U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Women linked with anarchist group charged with terrorist attack on train tracks north of Seattle," 2 Dec. 2020 The driver noticed an oncoming vehicle and tried to flag the driver, but the vehicle did not stop and struck the bicyclist, who was still lying on the road, according to police. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville bicyclist dies after being struck by two vehicles on National Turnpike," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of oncoming

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of oncoming was in 1844

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20 Jan 2021

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“Oncoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oncoming. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oncoming

: coming closer to you : coming toward you


on·​com·​ing | \ ˈȯn-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce oncoming (audio) , ˈän- \

Kids Definition of oncoming

: coming nearer an oncoming car

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