ongoing

adjective on·go·ing \ ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ , ˈän- , -ˌgȯ(-)iŋ \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of ongoing

1 a : being actually in process
  • ongoing research
b : continuing
  • The investigation is ongoing.
2 : continuously moving forward : growing
  • the long ongoing history of medicine

ongoingness

play \ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ-nəs, ˈän-, -ˌgȯ(-)iŋ-\ noun

Examples of ongoing in a Sentence

  1. the ongoing events at the school

  2. ongoing efforts to find a cure for the disease

  3. There is an ongoing debate over the issue.

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First Known Use of ongoing

1877


ONGOING Defined for English Language Learners

ongoing

adjective

Definition of ongoing for English Language Learners

  • : continuing to exist, happen, or progress : continuing without reaching an end


ONGOING Defined for Kids

ongoing

adjective on·go·ing \ ˈȯn-ˌgō-iŋ , ˈän- \

Definition of ongoing for Students

: being in progress or movement
  • The investigation is ongoing.


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