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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DHL Express, which primarily handles international shipments, logged a 15% increase in inbound volumes and a 40% increase on outbound lanes. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "As Retailers Spread Out Holiday Sales, Congested Parcel Networks Catch a Break," 30 Nov. 2018 Orlando International Airport plans to use facial scanning on all inbound and outbound international flights by the beginning of the year (U.S. citizens can opt-out, though that’s not widely advertised). Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 The outbound lane of Interstate 277 was shut down for some time as officials investigated the crash. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Man charged after pedestrian was killed on Independence Boulevard Monday night," 3 July 2018 Orlando International Airport had previously proclaimed itself as the nation’s first to fully implement facial-recognition screening for all outbound and inbound international flights. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando airport's expanded facial screening touted by federal officials," 21 June 2018 The North Koreans also kept their departure plans murky, rescheduling outbound flights a few times and leaving local officials unsure when Mr. Kim might leave Singapore, a person familiar with the arrangements said. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Flying Sly: Secretive Kim Jong Un Makes It Hard to Roll Out the Red Carpet," 14 June 2018 Now, the Chinese government has changed course again, cracking down on certain types of outbound investment that include real estate in part to help stabilize the currency. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Chinese Reversing Big U.S. Real Estate Buying Spree That Had Helped Boost Prices," 24 July 2018 Inbound and outbound flights were suspended while officials found a resolution, FOX 5 reported, citing a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman. Fox News, "Power restored at Reagan National Airport after outage," 16 Aug. 2018 For years, Metro has been turning back about half the Red Line’s outbound trains at Grosvenor and Silver Spring during rush hours to better serve the downtown core. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Board funds more Red Line service to Shady Grove, but Metro doesn’t know if system can handle it," 14 June 2018

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1598, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outbound

: traveling away from a place : outward bound

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