out·go | \ˌau̇t-ˈgō \
outwent; outgoing; outgoes

Definition of outgo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to go beyond : outdo


out·go | \ˈau̇t-ˌgō \
plural outgoes

Definition of outgo (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that goes out specifically : expenditure

2a : the act of going out

b : departure

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Examples of outgo in a Sentence


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

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The move marks the next step in an effort led by Kevin Wolff to set up a program where caseworkers will begin working with outgoing members up to six months before discharge on finding employment and housing, and dealing with health needs. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar commissioners OK salary increase, seek military transition center bids," 10 July 2018 Villa will be looking to replace outgoing captain John Terry and BirminghamLive report that Huth is one of several free agents that the club have spoken to. SI.com, "Aston Villa Eye Premier League Champion to Replace Outgoing Captain John Terry," 24 June 2018 All three have been critical of the school system leadership appointed by outgoing County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). Washington Post, "Secret Service arrests person with weapon," 25 Apr. 2018 The 43-year-old was selected from a field of 140 applicants seeking to replace outgoing superintendent Donald Ziehl. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Four Disney animators, all longtime La Cañada residents, capture Pioneer in Film awards," 2 Apr. 2018 Arpaio is one of several Republican candidates running to fill the vacant seat left by outgoing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Joe Arpaio suggests he'd revive 'birther' theory if elected to Senate," 28 Mar. 2018 District 59: Western, central, and southern Mahoning County Who's running: Larry Moliterno, Eric Ungaro Ungaro, a Poland Township trustee, is perhaps the slight favorite to win the district, currently held by outgoing Democratic Rep. John Boccieri. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Top 10 Ohio House Democratic primaries to watch in 2018," 20 Mar. 2018 Congressional candidate Randy Bryce, Wisconsin A Democrat running for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional seat in Wisconsin, Randy Bryce called for the abolishment of ICE. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Democrats calling for ICE to be abolished include Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and others," 3 July 2018 The current chair of the Seminole County School Board is looking to switch jobs as well — Amy Lockhart is facing off against former Longwood Mayor Joseph L. Durso for a seat held for decades by outgoing County Commissioner Carlton Henley. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida elections feature some high profile names," 22 June 2018

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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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out·go | \ˈau̇t-ˌgō \
plural outgoes

Kids Definition of outgo

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

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