Definition of oncoming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒnkʌmɪŋ/


1Approaching from the front; moving towards one: she walked into the path of an oncoming car
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  • Anyone who has rushed to get across a Hong Kong street in front of oncoming traffic knows that moving on two feet can be dangerous here.
  • The suicidal Beatrice who is now ready to step intentionally in front of an oncoming car picks out a man across the street to focus her resolve.
  • His 22-year-old brother was thrown in front of an oncoming car, which narrowly missed him after the driver swerved.
1.1Due to happen soon: the oncoming winter
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  • In a descriptive passage that recalls Pickthall's poetry, the story attributes a pre-verbal understanding of the signs of the oncoming winter to both men.
  • She smiled wryly to herself, thinking that perhaps he, like the local songbirds and crows, had flown south to avoid the oncoming winter.
  • Most of the wildlife was preparing for the oncoming winter.


[mass noun]
The approach or onset of something: the oncoming of age
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  • He shook his head and felt the familiar oncoming of tears.
  • With the oncoming of beautiful weather, he clothed himself in his khaki, American Eagle shorts that showed his bronzed calf muscles exquisitely.
  • They didn't speak for a while longer, as the sun moved lower in the sky, signaling the oncoming of dusk and eventually night.

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