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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Other Words from ongoing

ongoingness \ ˈȯn-​ˌgō-​iŋ-​nəs How to pronounce ongoingness (audio) , 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 trend dates back centuries, and the debate over its ethics has been ongoing. Glamour, "If You Want a Big Style Moment in 2019, Bring On the Feathers," 10 Apr. 2019 Among the key factors in their dimmer assessment are a global slowdown and the ongoing trade conflicts between the Trump administration and several major trading partners. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Survey: Business economists see slowdown in growth this year," 25 Mar. 2019 Maximilian HorsleyArakan TravelHe takes travelers deep into the countryside for market tours, monastery visits, and encounters with hill tribes and with insiders who can contextualize the country’s ongoing internal conflicts. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Efforts to mitigate the humanitarian crisis are ongoing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Sends Condolences and a Donation in the Wake of Cyclone Idai," 21 Mar. 2019 Investigators have charged 50 people and said their investigations is ongoing and could include others. ... Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "College Admissions Scandal Relied on More Students Using SAT Accommodation," 18 Mar. 2019 The Post notes that the investigation is still ongoing and others could be charged. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is the College Admissions Scandal? Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Were Indicted," 15 Mar. 2019 Verizon's changes come after the Santa Clara County Fire Department said its unlimited data plan was throttled while fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is still ongoing and is the largest wildfire in California's history. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon stops throttling more firefighters, plans unlimited data “with no caps”," 24 Aug. 2018 After almost three years of ongoing debate and party fighting, the official date for Brexit is set for March 29. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "With Brexit Looming, Young Activists Are Still Fighting to Stay in the European Union," 13 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce ongoing (audio) , ˈän-\

Kids Definition of ongoing

: being in progress or movement The investigation is ongoing.

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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