A woman coming towards the camera.
- The definition of coming is arriving or happening next, or having a lot of potential.
- An example of coming used as an adjective is in the phrase "this coming Saturday," which means the next Saturday.
- An example of coming used as an adjective is in the phrase "a coming model," which means a model who seems as though she will succeed in the business.
- Coming means an arrival.
An example of a coming is when Christ comes back to earth; the second coming.
- approaching; immediately next: this coming Tuesday
- showing promise of being successful, popular, or important: a coming young actor, the coming thing
have (something) coming to one☆
- Approaching; forthcoming; next: the coming season; a coming report on arms limitation.
- Showing promise of fame or success.
- Present participle of come.
come + -ing
- Approaching; of the future, especially the near future; the next.
- We expect great things from you this coming year.
- She will have two or three paintings in the coming exhibition.
- When he was fired, nobody was surprised or upset because they thought he had it coming.
- Newly in fashion; advancing into maturity or achievement.
- Ergonomic wallets are the coming thing.
From Middle English present participle of comen
Variant of come
intransitive verbcame, come, coming
- to move from a place thought of as “there” to or into a place thought of as “here”:
- in the second person, with relation to the speaker: come to me, will you come to the dance tonight?
- in the first person, with relation to the person addressed: I will come to see you
- in the third person, with relation to the person or thing approached: he came into the room
- to approach or reach by or as by moving toward
- to arrive or appear: help will come
- to extend; reach: the bus line comes near the hotel
- to happen; take place: success came to him early in life
- to take form in the mind, as through recollection: her name finally came to him
- to occur in a certain place or order: after 9 comes 10
- to become actual; evolve; develop: peace will come in time
- to proceed; progress; get (along): how's your new book coming (along)?
- to be derived: milk comes from cows
- to be descended: he comes from an old family
- to be a native, resident, or former resident: with from
- to be caused; result: illness may come from a poor diet
- ☆ to be due or owed (to): used in the participle: to get what is coming to one
- to pass by or as by inheritance: the house came to him on the death of his father
- to enter into a certain state or condition: this word has come into use
- to get to be; become: my shoe came loose
- to be obtainable or available: this dress comes in four sizes
- to amount; add up (to)
- Informal to have a sexual orgasm
- when (a specified time or event) occurs [come evening, he will return]: used with the subject after the verb
Origin of comeMiddle English comen ; from Old English cuman, akin to Gothic qiman, German kommen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwem-, an unverified form gwā-, to go, come from source Classical Latin venire, to come, Classical Greek bainein, to go
as good (or tough or strong, etc.) as they come
- to happen; occur
- to turn about
- Naut. to change course so that the sail or sails shift from one side of the vessel to the other, esp. to do so as by turning the bow into and across the wind; tack
- to meet by accident; find by chance
- Informal to be effective, readily understood, etc.
- ☆ Slang to give, do, or say what is wanted; provide (with what is needed)
- to become excited, enthusiastic, etc.
- to become exciting, interesting, etc.: new curtains made the room come alive
- to appear or arrive
- to proceed or succeed
come and get it!
come aroundor come round
- to revive; recover
- to make a turn or change in direction
- to concede or yield, as to a demand
- Informal to come to visit
- to reach; attain
- to approach angrily or swiftly, as in attacking
- to return
- ☆ Informal to make a comeback
- to get; acquire; gain
- ☆ to pay a visit
come down onor come down upon
come down with☆
- to enter
- to arrive
- to begin to be used; come into fashion
- ☆ to start producing, as an oil well
- to finish in a competitive event: he came in fifth
- Radio to answer a call or signal
- Radio, TV, etc. to be received
come in for
- to enter into; join
- to inherit
come of age
- to become unfastened or detached
- to happen; occur
- to end up; emerge, as from a contest
- ☆ Informal to prove effective, successful, etc.: humor that didn't come off
come off it!☆
- to make progress
- to meet by accident; find
- to appear, begin to work, make an entrance, etc.
- invitation, often to a different place
- encouragement, urgency, etc.: come on! you can do it
- objection, disagreement, refusal to believe, etc.: come on! you can't be serious
come on to
- to be disclosed; become evident
- to be offered for public inspection, sale, etc.
- to be formally introduced to society; make a debut
- to end up; turn out: how did the election come out?
- ☆ to become actively homosexual or reveal that one is homosexual
come out for
come out with
- to disclose
- to say; utter; publish
- to offer for public inspection, sale, etc.
- to wear through
- ☆ to complete or endure something successfully
- ☆ Informal to do what is wanted; provide (with what is needed)
- to recover consciousness
- to bring the ship's head nearer the wind
- to stop moving; also, to anchor
- to arise; begin: a light breeze came up
- to be mentioned, as in a discussion
- to rise or improve, as in status
- to be put forward, as for a vote
- Brit. to enter a university
- to meet or encounter by accident
- to attack
come up to
- to reach or extend to
- to equal
come up with