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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L’Italien faces a crowded field of Democrats vying for the seat in the September 4 primary elections to replace outgoing Rep. Niki Tsongas, also a Democrat. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Massachusetts Democrat calls to impeach Justice Clarence Thomas in plan to combat sexual misconduct," 30 Aug. 2018 Shalala is considered the frontrunner in the Dermocratic primary to replace outgoing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) in what is a key pickup opportunity for Democrats. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Donna Shalala supports Bernie Sanders-style health care. That wasn't always the case.," 11 June 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," 31 Aug. 2018 Delrahim is a 2017 Trump appointee who led the Justice Department’s attempt to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger and is reportedly in the mix to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions or outgoing White House counsel Don McGahn. Eric Johnson, Recode, "President Trump says tech giants could be an ‘antitrust situation.’ His Justice Department’s antitrust lawyer isn’t so sure.," 31 Aug. 2018 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

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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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