out·​bound | \ˈau̇t-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of outbound 

: outward bound outbound traffic

Examples of outbound in a Sentence

The airline has canceled all outbound flights.

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Hubs in New York, Boston and Chicago currently scan fliers on some outbound international flights. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "Orlando Airport to start scanning faces of US citizens, officials say," 21 June 2018 Buses will pick up most of the slack, though Muni will also direct passengers to try BART and outbound K-Ingleside trains to get downtown. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Muni’s Twin Peaks tunnel to close Monday. Riders face 2 months of inconvenience," 23 June 2018 After climbing to a two-year high this week, the yuan sank the most since August 2015 after release of the trade data and a Reuters report on potential loosening of curbs on outbound flows. Bloomberg.com, "China Exports Hold Up as Commodities, Base Effects Boost Imports," 8 Feb. 2018 Gray was pinned under an outbound train just before 7:30 p.m. and died at Carolinas Medical Center, police said. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte police identify man killed by light-rail train | Charlotte Observer," 15 Jan. 2018 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

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outbound was in 1598

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: traveling away from a place : outward bound

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