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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Other Words from ongoing

ongoingness \ ˈȯn-​ˌgō-​iŋ-​nəs How to pronounce ongoingness (audio) , 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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Child’s Play is just interesting enough to make a case for its continuation alongside Mancini’s ongoing narrative, proving Chucky remains just as surprising as ever. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019 That’s clear in the ongoing success of the MST3K tour, which returns Colorado with shows in Durango, Denver and Colorado Springs, Feb. 13-16, 2020. John Wenzel, The Know, "Mile High Movie Roast’s farewell marks end of era for B-movie comedy," 23 June 2019 One such ongoing struggle: higher education funding. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Nearly 81, Bruce Benson ends decade-plus tenure at CU’s helm by looking forward: “My life is working”," 23 June 2019 Flooding is an ongoing concern in the greater Houston region. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Lightning sparks Jim Siebert’s interest in weather," 23 June 2019 If the ongoing proceedings claim more scalps, the government’s position will become more awkward still. The Economist, "South Korea’s left-wing president loses his zeal to humble big business," 22 June 2019 The TV Channel WITN reported that the emails were filed as part of the ongoing lawsuit. Molly Longman,, "Nicholas Sparks Accused Of Trying To Ban LGBTQ+ Club At His School," 15 June 2019 Kilrea said there is no change in the ongoing lawsuit. Jesse Wright,, "Lyons Township High School officials balk at more school treasurer fees," 14 June 2019 One ongoing lawsuit argues the FCC was unreasonable and capricious in repealing the rules, and hopes to reinstate the rules on those grounds. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Democrats press Mitch McConnell to take up net neutrality bill," 11 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce ongoing (audio) , ˈän-\

Kids Definition of ongoing

: being in progress or movement The investigation is ongoing.

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to take the place or position of

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