on·​go·​ing ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce ongoing (audio)
: being actually in process
ongoing research
: continuing
The investigation is ongoing.
: continuously moving forward : growing
the long ongoing history of medicine
ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ-nəs How to pronounce ongoing (audio)

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Ongoing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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on·​go·​ing ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce ongoing (audio)
: being in progress or movement

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