out·​go | \ ˌau̇t-ˈgō How to pronounce outgo (audio) \
outwent; outgoing; outgoes

Definition of outgo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to go beyond : outdo


out·​go | \ ˈau̇t-ˌgō How to pronounce outgo (audio) \
plural outgoes

Definition of outgo (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that goes out specifically : expenditure
2a : the act of going out

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Examples of outgo in a Sentence

Noun last year the film company's outgoes exceeded its revenues by a wide margin the outgo of the town's only remaining manufacturing plant was a disaster
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Online interactions can also help less-outgoing students and others on the margins of classroom conversations to flourish. Aly Kassam-remtulla, Wired, "When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning," 6 May 2020 Hayes, an assistant county prosecutor, was endorsed by outgoing prosecutor Stephen Haller and County Sheriff Gene Fischer. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "No surprise, Biden wins Ohio presidential primary: Capitol Letter," 29 Apr. 2020 Both commissioners — Rick Baas and Tim Posnanski — were appointed by outgoing County Executive Chris Abele. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On a tie vote, election panel keeps two Milwaukee County executive candidates on the ballot despite blunder," 14 Jan. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has forced the sprawling airline group to halt most flights, choking off revenue while outgoing costs for ticket refunds and financial obligations strain its reserves. Richard Weiss, Fortune, "‘State aid or bust:’ Germany’s Lufthansa is running out of cash," 24 Apr. 2020 A day after he was abruptly fired by President Trump, outgoing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson spoke on the phone with Senate Minority Chuck Schumer. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Schumer speaks with 'hero' intelligence inspector general fired by Trump," 4 Apr. 2020 His campaign committee is chaired by outgoing Councilman Jared Taylor, who has distinguished himself as the council's fiscal conservative. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Gilbert Town Council could look far different next year. Here's who plans to run," 16 Mar. 2020 Beforehand, the school, which is endowed by outgoing Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier, sent out its annual distribution of student résumés to several thousand of its industry contacts. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Billboard's 2019 Top Music Business Schools: Taking Classes From The Grammys To SXSW," 25 Mar. 2019 William Marbury, who had been appointed a justice of the peace by outgoing President John Adams, was denied the official commission for that office by James Madison, secretary of state in the incoming Jefferson administration. Austin Sarat, The Conversation, "Barr isn’t the first powerful official to defy the courts and risk legitimizing contempt for the law," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The online delivery method changed and with few expenses for groundskeeping and other items related to on-campus learning, there were some savings that balanced the outgo of funds. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star College System fares well in pandemic," 26 June 2020 The average monthly rental outgo in city-limit areas is Rs45,800. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, "The work-from-home culture could change how Indians buy homes," 16 June 2020 Given the nature of the current slowdown, which is mainly due to weak consumer demand, there is no reason to imagine that private companies will invest more if their tax outgo decreases. Rahul Menon, Quartz India, "Despite the tax cut, India’s corporates won’t invest. Then what’s the point, finance minister?," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of outgo


1553, in the meaning defined above


circa 1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outgo was in 1553

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“Outgo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgo. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for outgo


out·​go | \ ˈau̇t-ˌgō How to pronounce outgo (audio) \
plural outgoes

Kids Definition of outgo

: expenditure sense 2 The treasurer told us that income must be greater than outgo.

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