Definition of coming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmɪŋ/


1Due to happen or just beginning: work is due to start in the coming year
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  • It was a lovely occasion and it is hoped to hold a similar event in the coming months.
  • The couple said they will be organising lots of fundraising events over the coming year.
  • What hints have been dropped in the past two issues about the events of the coming months?
2Likely to be important or successful in the future: he was the coming man of French racing
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  • But the coming man of national Democratic politics, says the Observer, is the little-known boss of The Bronx.
  • The coming man of English rugby talks to Matt about his two conversions: from league to union; and from drinker to thinker.


An arrival or approach: the coming of a new age
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  • Sure that I was grateful for this new day and it's new comings.
  • Tellingly, it was to humble shepherds that the coming of Christ was first revealed.
  • The coming of oil rapidly changed this to one of rising employment and population.



coming of age

Pronunciation: /ˌkʌmɪŋ əv ˈeɪdʒ/
The age or occasion when one formally becomes an adult: time was when being offered a drink for the first time was a rite of passage, a coming of age
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  • Moreover, a generation of local architects who have been educated abroad is coming of age.
  • A decade later, a new group of scholars is coming of age.
  • Bambara's feisty girls are not diminutive characters, to be outgrown with the coming of age of the movement.

coming and going (or comings and goings)

Busy, active movements of many people, especially in and out of a place: yesterday’s comings and goings outside Number 10
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  • I like the noise and bustle and the comings and goings.
  • Like a series of fishtanks, the interior is constantly animated by the comings and goings of building users and staff.
  • Yet I could have constructed a timetable of their comings and goings, their daily habits and activities.

not know if one is coming or going

informal Be confused, especially as a result of being very busy.
Example sentences
  • Well - that's been one heck of a week and I don't know if I'm coming or going!
  • My body is doing so many odd things I don't know if I'm coming or going.
  • I have watched my husband take a significant pay cut and seen his schedule sliced and diced till he doesn't know if he's coming or going.

Words that rhyme with coming

becoming, forthcoming, mumming, up-and-coming

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: com¦ing

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