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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Cinemastream is Vox’s series highlighting the most notable of these premieres, in an ongoing effort to keep interesting and easily accessible new films on your radar. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Before you see Welcome to Marwen, stream the documentary about the true story behind it," 21 Dec. 2018 Today, findings from a group of experts were published in an ongoing effort to help answer those questions. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating quickly," 12 Dec. 2018 On Sunday, The New York Times published a report describing President Donald Trump's administration's ongoing efforts to delegitimize the transgender community. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Still Selling a LGBTQ Pride Shirt Despite Anti-Transgender Policy," 22 Oct. 2018 The press release states that Unilever plans to work and support ongoing efforts by the Humane Society International to end cosmetic animal testing. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Unilever Announced Its Support of a Global Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics," 12 Oct. 2018 William reportedly said, speaking with Donaldson and Scheffler about the important work that Tusk is doing to not only protect the rhino, but also to raise awareness of ongoing conservation efforts. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William Just Revealed Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Favorite Book—and Its a Modern British Classic," 11 Sep. 2018 Taylor said camera footage, from the front and rear of the trooper vehicle, will not be provided while the investigation is ongoing. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "As troopers investigate, new details emerge in Seward Highway crash that killed motorcyclist," 12 July 2018 The lawsuit remains ongoing, the attorney general’s office said. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Trump Foundation to Dissolve Amid Allegations of Misusing Funds," 18 Dec. 2018 The Problem Solvers want to make their own deal, but talks are still ongoing, a senior leadership aide told Vox. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Nancy Pelosi’s Problem Solvers Caucus problem, explained," 26 Nov. 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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to gather or build up little by little

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