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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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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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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13 May 2022

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“Ongoing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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