Definition of forthcoming in English:

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Pronunciation: /fɔːθˈkʌmɪŋ/


1About to happen or appear: the forthcoming cricket season
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  • We had played our rugby to gain the lead, and then, with one eye on the forthcoming cricket season, we had declared.
  • June was due to appear in the forthcoming production of ‘The Odd Couple’ in September.
  • They insisted that Wales would appear prominently in their forthcoming yearbook of regional statistics.
imminent, impending, coming, approaching, advancing, nearing, near;
future, expected, anticipated, prospective;
close, (close) at hand, in store, in the wind, in the air, in the offing, in the pipeline, on the horizon, on the way, on us, about to happen
informal on the cards
2 [predicative, often with negative] Ready or made available when wanted or needed: financial support was not forthcoming
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  • The chairman promised funds would be made available but none were forthcoming.
  • If credit was forthcoming, they were ready to borrow as much as someone was willing to lend.
  • The approach is preliminary in nature and there can be no certainty that an offer will ultimately be forthcoming.
available, made available, ready, at hand, accessible, obtainable, at someone's disposal, on offer;
obtained, given, vouchsafed to someone
informal up for grabs, on tap
2.1Willing to divulge information: she had never been forthcoming about her time in the States
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  • If they were forthcoming with information, they would have been able to get the electorate back on their side.
  • How do you educate end users to be a bit more forthcoming with information?
  • They were very blasé and were not very forthcoming with the information they should have been presenting.
communicative, expansive, informative, expressive, unreserved, uninhibited, outgoing, frank, open, candid;
talkative, conversational, chatty, gossipy, loquacious, garrulous, voluble, verbose, effusive, gushing
informal mouthy, gabby, windy, gassy, talky
rare multiloquent, multiloquous



Example sentences
  • He shows that he expects, you know, forthcomingness, if that's a word, on the part of his nominees.
  • When thus employed, it ought not to be more severe than is necessary to insure forthcomingness.
  • I think the dermatologist I visited for the first time was a little taken aback at my forthcomingness.

Words that rhyme with forthcoming

becoming, coming, mumming, up-and-coming

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