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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from ongoing

ongoingness \ ˈȯn-​ˌgō-​iŋ-​nəs How to pronounce ongoingness (audio) , ˈän-​ , -​ˌgȯ(-​)iŋ-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ongoing



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web The program, which is notably more expensive than typical photo processing charges, is part of Google Photos' ongoing expansion into physical products. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Google tests photo printing subscription service," 3 Feb. 2020 Of course, much of the campaign strain has been born of healthy political combat, an ongoing debate over the party’s direction and purpose. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Democrats Had a 2020 Vision. This Isn’t Quite What They Expected.," 3 Feb. 2020 As part of the ongoing reconstruction of the nearby interchange of Ga. 400 and I-285, GDOT contractors have been building a new Mount Vernon bridge. David Ibata, ajc, "Sandy Springs bridge to see big traffic shift," 3 Feb. 2020 As part of the ongoing fight, University Pediatricians, a private care doctors practice, left its primary partnership with Wayne State and moved to Central Michigan University. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State University board conducts routine business, which is news," 31 Jan. 2020 Schreck’s autobiographical confidences about her family history and reproductive choices may not have the same emotional rawness in Dizzia’s portrayal, but the larger story about the ongoing legal struggle for gender equality is powerfully served. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A.: ‘Never Not Once,’ ‘Fun Home’ and more," 31 Jan. 2020 In an emailed statement, an agency spokesperson said the DNR could not comment on ongoing legislation, but that the agency currently recognizes the Gunderson ruling as law in Indiana. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana has 45 miles of Lake Michigan shore. Lawmakers kick up sand about who owns it.," 30 Jan. 2020 The team took 921 participants without dementia from Rush' Memory and Aging Project, a large ongoing study that began more than 20 years ago. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "What’s in Kale (or a Pear) that Seems to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk?," 30 Jan. 2020 Our frustration is borne out of outdated gender roles and ongoing gender disparities. Danielle Campoamor, Glamour, "We’d All Be Better Moms If We Could Just Vent More," 30 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ongoing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ongoing

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ongoing

Time Traveler for ongoing

Time Traveler

The first known use of ongoing was in 1877

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ongoing

Last Updated

6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ongoing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ongoing


How to pronounce ongoing (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on ongoing

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for ongoing

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ongoing

Spanish Central: Translation of ongoing

Nglish: Translation of ongoing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of ongoing for Arabic Speakers

Comments on ongoing

What made you want to look up ongoing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!