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English definition of “oncoming”


adjective [before noun]     /ˈɒnˌkʌm.ɪŋ/ US  /ˈɑːn-/
moving towards you or coming nearer: The car veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming truck. There seemed to be no way of averting the oncoming crisis.Describing movement towards
(Definition of oncoming adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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