on·​go·​ing | \ ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce ongoing (audio) , ˈän-, -ˌgȯ(-)iŋ \

Definition of ongoing

1a : being actually in process ongoing research
b : continuing The investigation is ongoing.
2 : continuously moving forward : growing the long ongoing history of medicine

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ongoingness \ ˈȯn-​ˌgō-​iŋ-​nəs How to pronounce ongoing (audio) , ˈän-​ , -​ˌgȯ(-​)iŋ-​ \ noun

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Examples of ongoing in a Sentence

the ongoing events at the school ongoing efforts to find a cure for the disease There is an ongoing debate over the issue.
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Recent Examples on the Web No further details were available, and the investigation is ongoing. Michael Mcdaniel, The Arizona Republic, "2 men shot and wounded near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road," 26 Feb. 2021 An investigation into the incident is still ongoing, while Lady Gaga has offered a $500,000 reward to anyone who can help retrieve her two dogs. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Expected to Make ‘Full Recovery’ After Shooting," 26 Feb. 2021 Malone said the Dare to Dialogue program will be ongoing, with additional panel discussions in the future. cleveland, "Berea-Midpark students, police Dare to Dialogue on police use of force: Community Voices," 26 Feb. 2021 Though Johnson & Johnson studied its vaccine as a one-dose regimen in its Phase 3 clinical trials, studies of whether a second dose would be safe and boost effectiveness are ongoing. NBC News, "FDA advisers recommend J&J vaccine for emergency authorization," 26 Feb. 2021 Police would not comment on the cause of death and said the investigation is ongoing. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert dead after trafficking, assault charges filed," 25 Feb. 2021 The investigation was ongoing as of Thursday afternoon to find the gun, Danner said. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "2 arrested on suspicion of stealing $1,000 worth of goods from FBI agent's car in East Bay," 25 Feb. 2021 Additional deal discussions with several governments relating to supplies of its COVID-19 vaccine for 2021 and 2022 are ongoing. CBS News, "Moderna forecasts $18.4 billion in COVID-19 vaccine sales in 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 These wellness checks are ongoing; the needs in Texas are huge and not being met by the government. Judy Stone, Forbes, "Mutual Aid – How You Can Help Texas, While Calling From Home," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of ongoing

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of ongoing was in 1877

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2 Mar 2021

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“Ongoing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ongoing

: continuing to exist, happen, or progress : continuing without reaching an end


on·​go·​ing | \ ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce ongoing (audio) , ˈän- \

Kids Definition of ongoing

: being in progress or movement The investigation is ongoing.

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