out·bound | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of outbound 

: outward bound outbound traffic

Examples of outbound in a Sentence

The airline has canceled all outbound flights.

Recent Examples on the Web

China’s central government also has sought to curb outbound investment to establish firmer control over Chinese companies whose international shopping sprees have rattled the country’s currency and foreign-exchange reserves. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Trump Bets on Legislation to Tighten Reviews of Chinese Deals," 27 June 2018 The drop reflects Beijing’s efforts to rein in outbound investment as well as greater U.S. government scrutiny of Chinese deals. Andrew Kennedy, Washington Post, "Trump takes aim at China’s tech sector. That could hurt U.S. innovation.," 11 June 2018 Not content to have the outbound flight last Wednesday from CVG to St. Pete be EIGHT HOURS LATE, Allegiant sucks encored with a return flight that was SIX HOURS LATE. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: You can't make the MLB Draft fun and Allegiant Air sucks," 4 June 2018 The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on the outbound ramp of Interstate 277 to East Independence Boulevard. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Driver seriously injured after crashing into tree near uptown Charlotte," 10 July 2018 An earlier version of FIRRMA would have led to CFIUS being able to review any outbound transfer of intellectual property between companies in joint ventures or licensing deals. The Economist, "The Trump administration plans to crack down on Chinese investment," 28 June 2018 According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, an outbound lane on Central Avenue near Eastway Drive is closed due to the spill. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Diesel fuel spill closes lane on east Charlotte road," 20 June 2018 Photo: Brandon Thibodeaux for The Wall Street Journal UPS’s effort to catch up can be seen 36 miles from Mesquite in Fort Worth, where machines scan boxes, sort them by destination and send them to outbound vehicles. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "UPS’s $20 Billion Problem: Operations Stuck in the 20th Century," 15 June 2018 Explain to her that the IRS seldom makes outbound phone calls. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "How to better protect your parents from scams," 3 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'outbound.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of outbound

1598, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about outbound

Dictionary Entries near outbound


outboard motor






Statistics for outbound

Last Updated

26 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for outbound

The first known use of outbound was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for outbound



English Language Learners Definition of outbound

: traveling away from a place : outward bound

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on outbound

What made you want to look up outbound? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


by word of mouth

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!