Definition of coming in English:

coming

adjective

  • 1attributive Due to happen or just beginning.

    ‘work is due to start in the coming year’
    • ‘Over the coming weeks they will be carrying out a survey on the streets of the County.’
    • ‘Correspondents say the device will redefine how the coming conflict will be reported.’
    • ‘It is hoped the child will be taking his first steps on his own in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘Whether it is ever opened depends largely on what happens in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘The behaviour of consumer spending over the coming months now holds the key to interest rates.’
    • ‘He is due to visit Britain in the coming weeks, to ask the group to decide if they want to press for an earlier trial.’
    • ‘The plan will be opened up to locals at a special launch in the coming weeks on a date to be arranged.’
    • ‘Suffice to say that it doesn't for a moment deter me from living and working in London this coming year.’
    • ‘These very extreme rainfall events are going to become more common over the coming decades.’
    • ‘Information about the scheme is to be delivered to homes in the coming months.’
    • ‘If he is to heed that advice you can be sure he will be watching these two teams more than once or twice over the coming weeks.’
    • ‘In the coming weeks he will discover whether the balance of power will allow him to dictate his own terms.’
    • ‘Some leaks have been found and it is hoped to check the complete area in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘The trip proved so popular that the group hopes to plan a few more trips for the coming year.’
    • ‘What hints have been dropped in the past two issues about the events of the coming months?’
    • ‘Now a decision has been taken to enter a second team in the league for the coming season.’
    • ‘So yet again this coming bank holiday weekend is going to be a nightmare for a huge number of rail travellers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new album should be in big demand when it goes on general release in the coming weeks.’
    forthcoming, imminent, impending, approaching, advancing, nearing, near
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  • 2attributive Likely to be important or successful in the future.

    ‘he was the coming man of French racing’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • An arrival or approach.

    ‘the coming of a new age’
    • ‘With the coming of dusk we were back in our cabins having baths and getting changed for dinner.’
    • ‘By the beginning of September the war spread and was coming closer to our village.’
    • ‘It was only with the coming of the fourteenth century that the situation suddenly changed.’
    • ‘Time was when being offered a tipple for the first time was a rite of passage, a coming of age.’
    • ‘Transport too provided for personal travel long before the coming of modern systems.’
    • ‘Over one hundred and fifty prophecies exist concerning the coming of a messiah and saviour.’
    • ‘As we where speaking thus, we began to hear the coming of the men into the hall, and knew it was time for us to go down.’
    • ‘Tell me that a bit of the old Chelsea didn't die with the coming of the money.’
    • ‘The coming of the northern Europeans in the seventeenth century soon changed that.’
    • ‘The coming of oil rapidly changed this to one of rising employment and population.’
    • ‘The coming of a great European war posed several difficulties for the United States.’
    • ‘It was the coming of the new Millennium that set him to thinking about writing a book.’
    • ‘Some view social action as the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth and lynchpin of their faith.’
    • ‘Sure that I was grateful for this new day and it's new comings.’
    • ‘Before the coming of TV the kids were found to be hard working and very well behaved.’
    • ‘With the coming of Neal began that part of my life that you could call my life on the road.’
    • ‘When heron's leave the marsh and fly above the clouds they announce the coming of a storm.’
    • ‘Like coming eye to eye with the monsters under your bed or the demons in your closet.’
    • ‘Tellingly, it was to humble shepherds that the coming of Christ was first revealed.’
    • ‘The fact that we celebrate the coming of a new year implies that we still believe in the future.’
    approach, advance, advent, arrival, nearing, looming, appearance, emergence, materialization, surfacing
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Phrases

  • coming of age

    • 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’
      • ‘Many of the Chicano texts appropriate or written for young adults feature males coming of age.’
      • ‘He is wished every happiness on his coming of age.’
      • ‘For Germany, the move to gold constituted a coming of age.’
      • ‘Children across the world, from widely different backgrounds, celebrate their coming of age.’
      • ‘Moreover, a generation of local architects who have been educated abroad is coming of age.’
      • ‘Once a bastion for socialist thinking, the open source (OS) community is finally coming of age.’
      • ‘A decade later, a new group of scholars is coming of age.’
      • ‘Today, we have a new climate for women who are coming of age.’
      • ‘Bambara's feisty girls are not diminutive characters, to be outgrown with the coming of age of the movement.’
      • ‘Piercing is often part of a ceremony marking the coming of age.’
  • 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’
      • ‘My dad came from a family of twelve kids (six girls, six boys), so there was a lot of comings and goings on that day.’
      • ‘I like the noise and bustle and the comings and goings.’
      • ‘A bulletin board keeps track of their comings and goings.’
      • ‘Can't help speculating, though, and putting stories together as I watch the comings and goings from the window and from my idle wanderings.’
      • ‘And please keep your eyes open up there for the comings and goings of the rich and famous this morning.’
      • ‘Yet I could have constructed a timetable of their comings and goings, their daily habits and activities.’
      • ‘It may be, however, that after years of working in an office he is enjoying being at the heart of his home, aware for the first time of the comings and goings of his family.’
      • ‘Like a series of fishtanks, the interior is constantly animated by the comings and goings of building users and staff.’
      • ‘This means that stores could track each customer's comings and goings.’
      • ‘She loved all the comings and goings with cars and rallying.’
      activity, bustle, hustle and bustle, hurly-burly, commotion, tumult, hubbub, brouhaha, busyness, action, liveliness, animation, movement, life, excitement, agitation, fuss, flurry, stir, whirl
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  • not know if one is coming or going

    • informal Be confused, especially as a result of being very busy.

      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

coming

/ˈkʌmɪŋ/