[ on-goh-ing, awn- ]
/ ˈɒnˌgoʊ ɪŋ, ˈɔn- /


continuing without termination or interruption: ongoing research projects.



Cactus aficionados, don't get left in the dust with this quiz on desert plants. Find out if you have the knowledge to survive this prickly foray into the desert!
Question 1 of 7
This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?

Origin of ongoing

1855–60; on + going, after the verb phrase go on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020


What does ongoing mean?

Ongoing means continuing without interruption or a scheduled end. Something that’s described as ongoing has been happening for a while and is expected to continue to happen.

Ongoing is an adjective that’s used to describe situations and actions. Similar terms are continuing and in progress.

Example: I’m so tired of this ongoing argument with Kathy—no matter what I do, it just never stops.

Where does ongoing come from?

The first records of the word ongoing as an adjective meaning “continuing” come from around the mid-1800s. It was used earlier as a noun meaning “that which is happening or continuing,” much like how we use the term goings-on. The adjective ongoing is based on the verb phrase go on, meaning “to proceed or continue” or “to happen or take place,” as in How long has this been going on? 

If something is ongoing, it’s going on right now, it has been going on, and it will continue to go on. An ongoing relationship is one that two people or parties have been in for a while. Ongoing relationships are sometimes the source of ongoing drama. If police describe an investigation as ongoing, they mean it’s in progress and is planned to continue. An ongoing series on a website or another media platform is one that will continue to be added to, such as with additional articles or episodes.

Did you know ... ?

What are some synonyms for ongoing?

What are some words that share a root or word element with ongoing

What are some words that often get used in discussing ongoing?

How is ongoing used in real life?

Ongoing can be used in many different contexts to describe things that are in progress or are continuing.



Try using ongoing!

Which of the following words is a synonym of ongoing?

A. stalled
B. completed
C. halted
D. none of the above

Example sentences from the Web for ongoing

British Dictionary definitions for ongoing

/ (ˈɒnˌɡəʊɪŋ) /


actually in progressongoing projects
continually moving forward; developing
remaining in existence; continuing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012