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

transitive verb

: to go beyond : outdo


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out·​go ˈau̇t-ˌgō How to pronounce outgo (audio)
plural outgoes
: something that goes out
specifically : expenditure
: the act of going out

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
Some lawmakers, like outgoing Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., think some of the existing reauthorization bills don’t go far enough and threaten to tank congressional approval of the entire program. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 At the end of a U.S. presidential administration, outgoing National Security Council staff prepare transition memos for the incoming team. Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 All of those matter, and indeed the CDC’s own modernization plan, developed by outgoing CDC chief Rochelle Walensky, reflects most of them. Dave A. Chokshi, Scientific American, 30 June 2023 Online interactions can also help less-outgoing students and others on the margins of classroom conversations to flourish. Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Wired, 6 May 2020 Hayes, an assistant county prosecutor, was endorsed by outgoing prosecutor Stephen Haller and County Sheriff Gene Fischer. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2020 Both commissioners — Rick Baas and Tim Posnanski — were appointed by outgoing County Executive Chris Abele. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 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, 4 Apr. 2020
As revenues flattened, particularly all-important personal income taxes, the gap between income and outgo could no longer be ignored. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024 But in the past, the legislative analyst’s numbers have proven to be closer to the mark than those from governors, who have a vested interest in minimizing the adjustments needed to bring income and outgo into balance, and therefore the political angst that reduced spending entails. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 12 Jan. 2024 The average monthly rental outgo in city-limit areas is Rs22,000. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, 16 June 2020 Adding committed expenses like salaries, pension, and interest outgo to subsidies, 16 states saw their overall expense eat into 56% of their revenue in the financial year 2022-23, a note by SBI Research has suggested. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 22 Aug. 2022 Together, these will account for a revenue outgo of around Rs 17,000 crores a year. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 15 Apr. 2022 Fiscal experts believe that the government will require more than $25 billion a year and that the national debt cannot be reduced unless incomes exceed the probable outgo. NOLA.com, 10 Nov. 2020 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, 26 June 2020 The average monthly rental outgo in city-limit areas is Rs45,800. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, 16 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1553, in the meaning defined above


circa 1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural outgoes
: money spent : outlay

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