Meaning of “ongoing” in the English Dictionary

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"ongoing" in British English

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uk /ˈɒŋˌɡəʊ.ɪŋ/ /ˌɒŋˈɡəʊ-/ us /ˈɑːnˌɡoʊ-/

C2 continuing to exist or develop, or happening at the present moment:

No agreement has yet been reached and the negotiations are still ongoing.

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  • It was just another episode in an ongoing saga of marriage problems.
  • There are a number of ongoing difficulties with the project.
  • Discussions between local residents and the developers of the new shopping centre are ongoing.
  • A series of ongoing technical hitches has delayed the opening of the new control centre.
  • There is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash.

(Definition of “ongoing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ongoing" in American English

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ongoingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɔnˌɡoʊ·ɪŋ, ˈɑn-/

continuing to exist, happen, or develop:

The investigation is ongoing.

(Definition of “ongoing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)