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Syllabification: com·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈkəmiNG

Definition of coming in English:


1Due to happen or just beginning: work is due to start in the coming year
More example sentences
  • 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.


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An arrival or an 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.


comings and goings

The busy movements of a person or group of people, especially in and out of a place.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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