[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.
  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.

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.
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.

Origin of outgo

First recorded in 1520–30; out- + go1
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Examples from the Web for outgoing

Contemporary Examples of outgoing

  • Families stuff a life-size male doll with memories of the outgoing year and dress him in their clothing.

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    New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style

    Candida Moss

    December 31, 2014

  • Sabrine was the outgoing, sociable type, and had many friends, while Ziad was shy and a little more introverted.

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    A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda

    Ruth Michaelson

    December 26, 2014

  • Meet the outgoing Michigan Republican congressman who switched his vote and kept the government funded Thursday.

  • But the President could easily reposition it as a friendly “pro-gun rights” gesture by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

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    The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns

    P. J. O’Rourke

    November 8, 2014

  • In the midst of these efforts, she was raising identical twin sons, Julian—“the reserved one” and Joaquin—“the outgoing one.”

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    Mother Knows Best

    Sara Lieberman

    October 14, 2014

Historical Examples of outgoing

  • Additional legislation of this kind was passed by the outgoing Congress.

  • The "pond" was a puddle, perhaps twenty feet across, left by the outgoing tide.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The boats at anchor in front of the shanties swung with the outgoing tide.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • For a while I puzzled over the significance of this outgoing and incoming.

  • No act of the outgoing Administration had given greater offense.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for outgoing


  1. departing; leaving
  2. leaving or retiring from officethe outgoing chairman
  3. friendly and sociable
  1. the act of going out


verb (ˌaʊtˈɡəʊ) -goes, -going, -went or -gone
  1. (tr) to exceed or outstrip
noun (ˈaʊtˌɡəʊ)
  1. cost; outgoings; outlay
  2. something that goes out; outflow
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

Word Origin and History for outgoing

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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