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[out-goh-ing or for 5, -goh-]
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  1. going out; departing: outgoing trains.
  2. leaving or retiring from a position or office: A farewell party was given for the outgoing members of the board of directors.
  3. addressed and ready for posting: outgoing mail.
  4. of or relating to food prepared for delivery or consumption off the premises: outgoing orders at the pizza parlor.
  5. interested in and responsive to others; friendly; sociable: an outgoing personality.
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  1. Usually outgoings. Chiefly British. expenses; money expended.
  2. the act of going out: The ship's outgoing proved more difficult than its incoming.
  3. something that goes out; effluence: an outgoing measured in kilowatt hours.
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Origin of outgoing

1300–50; Middle English (gerund); see out-, going


noun, plural out·goes.
  1. the act or process of going out: Her illness occasioned a tremendous outgo of affectionate concern.
  2. money paid out; expenditure: a record of income and outgo.
  3. something that goes out; outflow: The outgo of electrical energy had to be increased.
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verb (used with object), out·went, out·gone, out·go·ing.
  1. to go beyond; outdistance: to outgo the minimum rquirements.
  2. to surpass, excel, or outdo: Each child was encouraged to outgo the others.
  3. Archaic. to go faster than; excel in speed.
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Origin of outgo

First recorded in 1520–30; out- + go1
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Related Words for out-going

conversational, expansive, demonstrative, candid, chatty, talkative, effusive, outspoken, lavish, generous, sympathetic, cordial, beneficial, good, amiable, helpful, affectionate, familiar, receptive, neighborly

Examples from the Web for out-going

Historical Examples of out-going

  • On the part of both there is an out-going of souls in this direction that may be said to be peculiar to Ireland.


    Scian Dubh

  • By circling we found an out-going trail of horses and burros.

  • It is effort, the out-going of the living will that they dread.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • He sealed the letter and placed it with the out-going morning mail.

    Daisy Brooks

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • He was obliged to pay the out-going tenants for these things.

    Rural Rides

    William Cobbett

British Dictionary definitions for out-going


verb (ˌaʊtˈɡəʊ) -goes, -going, -went or -gone
  1. (tr) to exceed or outstrip
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noun (ˈaʊtˌɡəʊ)
  1. cost; outgoings; outlay
  2. something that goes out; outflow
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  1. departing; leaving
  2. leaving or retiring from officethe outgoing chairman
  3. friendly and sociable
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  1. the act of going out
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Word Origin and History for out-going



1630s, "that goes out," from out (adv.) + going. Meaning "sociable, friendly," attested from 1950, on same notion as in extrovert. Middle English had a noun outgoing "a departure," mid-14c., from a verb outgo "to go forth," and Old English had utgangende "outgoing" (literal). Related: Outgoingness.

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