Definition of coming in English:



  • 1Due to happen or just beginning.

    ‘work is due to start in the coming year’
    • ‘What hints have been dropped in the past two issues about the events of the coming months?’
    • ‘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 behaviour of consumer spending over the coming months now holds the key to interest rates.’
    • ‘Some leaks have been found and it is hoped to check the complete area in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘Information about the scheme is to be delivered to homes in the coming months.’
    • ‘Over the coming weeks they will be carrying out a survey on the streets of the County.’
    • ‘These very extreme rainfall events are going to become more common over the coming decades.’
    • ‘In the coming weeks he will discover whether the balance of power will allow him to dictate his own terms.’
    • ‘The trip proved so popular that the group hopes to plan a few more trips for the coming year.’
    • ‘Correspondents say the device will redefine how the coming conflict will be reported.’
    • ‘The plan will be opened up to locals at a special launch in the coming weeks on a date to be arranged.’
    • ‘Now a decision has been taken to enter a second team in the league for the coming season.’
    • ‘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 couple said they will be organising lots of fundraising events over the coming year.’
    • ‘Whether it is ever opened depends largely on what happens in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘It is hoped the child will be taking his first steps on his own in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘The new album should be in big demand when it goes on general release in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suffice to say that it doesn't for a moment deter me from living and working in London this coming year.’
    forthcoming, imminent, impending, approaching, advancing, nearing, near
    future, expected, anticipated
    close, 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
    on the cards
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  • 2Likely to be important or successful in the future.

    ‘he was the coming man of French racing’
    • ‘The coming man of English rugby talks to Matt about his two conversions: from league to union; and from drinker to thinker.’
    • ‘But the coming man of national Democratic politics, says the Observer, is the little-known boss of The Bronx.’


  • [in singular] An arrival or an approach.

    ‘the coming of a new age’
    • ‘Tellingly, it was to humble shepherds that the coming of Christ was first revealed.’
    • ‘Like coming eye to eye with the monsters under your bed or the demons in your closet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tell me that a bit of the old Chelsea didn't die with the coming of the money.’
    • ‘Before the coming of TV the kids were found to be hard working and very well behaved.’
    • ‘Sure that I was grateful for this new day and it's new comings.’
    • ‘The fact that we celebrate the coming of a new year implies that we still believe in the future.’
    • ‘Transport too provided for personal travel long before the coming of modern systems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the coming of dusk we were back in our cabins having baths and getting changed for dinner.’
    • ‘Time was when being offered a tipple for the first time was a rite of passage, a coming of age.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When heron's leave the marsh and fly above the clouds they announce the coming of a storm.’
    • ‘Over one hundred and fifty prophecies exist concerning the coming of a messiah and saviour.’
    • ‘Some view social action as the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth and lynchpin of their faith.’
    • ‘With the coming of Neal began that part of my life that you could call my life on the road.’
    • ‘It was the coming of the new Millennium that set him to thinking about writing a book.’
    approach, advance, advent, arrival, nearing, looming, appearance, emergence, materialization, surfacing
    birth, rise, start, onset
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