on·​go·​ing | \ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ, 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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Other Words from ongoing

ongoingness \ ˈȯn-​ˌgō-​iŋ-​nəs , ˈän-​, -​ˌgȯ(-​)iŋ-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ongoing


afoot, proceeding


arrested, ended, halted, stalled, stopped

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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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Call the manufacturer who's been helping us with the ongoing issues with this equipment, then call Airbnb. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "From broken AC to missing cleaners, a day in the life of an Airbnb host," 12 July 2018 The incident highlights an ongoing issue that U.S. Border Patrol has been talking about: people swim or walk from Mexico to the U.S. across the Rio Grande river. CBS News, "Video shows man on raft attempting to smuggle people into U.S. via the Rio Grande river," 12 July 2018 In addition to the trade threats, an Ecuadorean government official told the Times the U.S. threatened to withdrawal military support from northern Ecuador, where violence from boarding Colombia causes ongoing issues. Renae Reints, Fortune, "U.S. Delegates Opposed an International Resolution That Supported Breastfeeding," 8 July 2018 Renee’s mother died from ongoing health issues on November 7, 2014, less than five months after her daughter disappeared. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "No arrests in four-year-old missing persons case of Virginia woman Janet Renee Field," 2 July 2018 There is no indication if this was an ongoing issue. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers act swiftly firing Chris Bosio, which sends a strong message," 27 June 2018 Peter CaJacob, former McClatchy vice president of human resources, died Sunday morning of pneumonia after battling ongoing health issues. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Peter CaJacob, 74, was former McClatchy executive," 25 June 2018 Well, your Honor, this is an ongoing issue that my office has been working on. Kristina Davis,, "Problems getting detainees to court on time magnified under 'zero-tolerance' immigration crackdown," 24 June 2018 Well, your Honor, this is an ongoing issue that my office has been working on. Kristina Davis,, "Problems getting detainees to court on time magnified under 'zero-tolerance' immigration crackdown," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of ongoing

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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, ˈän-\

Kids Definition of ongoing

: being in progress or movement The investigation is ongoing.

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