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  1. outward bound: an outbound freighter.

Origin of outbound

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + -bound2

Words Nearby outbound

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How to use outbound in a sentence

  • The following afternoon, my outbound departure was delayed for more than an hour.

    The Sequester Takes Off | Patrick Smith | April 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Two outbound flights were delayed as a result of the search.

  • Frank Terreri works as a federal air marshal out of LAX, the Los Angeles airport that averages 640 outbound flights a day.

    The Air Marshal Revolt | Catharine Skipp | January 8, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Then they went into a pasture field through an open gate they had missed on their outbound trip.

  • Once they landed on Earth, they had the Steele names, but by the time that cleared, you were outbound with another set of papers.

    The Colors of Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Soon after Alexander had taken her departure those interested in town also began drifting toward the outbound trail.

    A Pagan of the Hills | Charles Neville Buck
  • The outbound conductor's retort was lost in the clank of couplings as the train lurched forward on the slippery rails.

  • But one had thrown him a life-buoy, and on this he floated until daylight, when an outbound tug picked him up.

British Dictionary definitions for outbound


/ (ˈaʊtˌbaʊnd) /

  1. going out; outward bound

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