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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [on-kuhm-ing, awn-]
    • /ˈɒnˌkʌm ɪŋ, ˈɔn-/
    • /ˈɒnˌkʌm.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on-kuhm-ing, awn-]
    • /ˈɒnˌkʌm ɪŋ, ˈɔn-/

Definitions of oncoming word

  • adjective oncoming approaching; nearing: the oncoming train; the oncoming holiday season. 1
  • adjective oncoming emerging: the oncoming generation of leaders. 1
  • noun oncoming approach; onset: the oncoming of winter. 1
  • noun oncoming Approaching; moving toward. 1
  • adjective oncoming coming from opposite direction 1
  • adjective oncoming nearing, approaching 1

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Origin of oncoming

First appearance:

before 1835
One of the 34% newest English words
1835-45; on + coming, after verb phrase come on

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Parts of speech for Oncoming


oncoming popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for oncoming

adjective oncoming

  • approaching — coming closer in time
  • looming — a looming appearance, as of something seen indistinctly at a distance or through a fog: the loom of a moraine directly in their path.
  • nearing — close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won't have to shout.
  • onrush — a strong forward rush, flow, etc.
  • advancing — to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.

Antonyms for oncoming

adjective oncoming

  • past — gone by or elapsed in time: It was a bad time, but it's all past now.
  • preceding — that precedes; previous: Refer back to the footnote on the preceding page.

Top questions with oncoming

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  • which sign means you have priority over oncoming vehicles?

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