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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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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The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. CBS News, "Trump responds to Russian hacking indictment by blaming Obama administration," 14 July 2018 Even those who don't want to go as far as to say the FBI is biased can pull from what Strzok said in private to try to argue the FBI has at least made big blunders that led to the ongoing Russia investigation. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 July 2018 All this has amplified academia’s ongoing and intensifying debate about publishing ethics. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Among them are the beliefs that the freedoms of others should be respected; beliefs should conform to a scientific understanding of the world; and that the struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Why The Satanic Temple Indiana adopted a stretch of highway in Boone County," 12 July 2018 The investigation is ongoing and police said no interviews concerning the arrests will be granted. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Stormy Daniels Charges Have Been Dismissed, Attorney Says," 12 July 2018 Milwaukee police say the investigation is ongoing and officers are searching for the male suspect. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police: Woman, 28, suffers 'very serious stab wound' in fight," 11 July 2018 The project, likely to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, also would contribute to a wave of ongoing and planned real estate projects in the area where the South Loop, Bronzeville and Chinatown converge. Ryan Ori,, "Almost 900 homes planned for former Harold Ickes site," 10 July 2018 An internal investigation into the incident is ongoing and the officer remains on desk duty, said El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Mom says Texas officer choked boy before aiming gun at kids," 9 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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