out·​bound ˈau̇t-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce outbound (audio)
: outward bound
outbound traffic

Example Sentences

The airline has canceled all outbound flights.
Recent Examples on the Web The first outbound flight departed at 7 a.m., AnnaSophia Servin, an airport spokesperson, said. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2023 The Henan Daily separately quoted an executive responsible for Foxconn’s logistics as saying that, in the first two days of January, the volume of inbound and outbound shipments had reached the highest level in a year. Wayne Chang, CNN, 3 Jan. 2023 As of midnight, 102 inbound and outbound flights were canceled and about 467 planes were delayed. Vanessa Arredondostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2022 In Washington, the Biden administration is working on new regulations to constrain outbound investment to China. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Congress has considered, but so far not acted on, a proposal that would allow the government to screen outbound investment by U.S. firms, another possible policy change that clearly has China in mind. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2022 How did this impact schedules for inbound and outbound flights? Carla Solorzano, Dallas News, 25 July 2022 Online searches for outbound flights and hotels overseas jumped to a three-year peak in the final days of 2022 on Trip.com, according to company data. Karla Cripps, CNN, 5 Jan. 2023 Elsewhere in Southern California, 18 outbound Southwest flights — or two-thirds of its services — were canceled at Hollywood Burbank Airport on Tuesday, according to the mobile flight tracker Flightview. Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outbound was in 1598

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“Outbound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbound. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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out·​bound ˈau̇t-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce outbound (audio)
: outward bound
outbound traffic

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