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
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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Among the elections taking place Tuesday is the Republican primary to replace outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Arizona election officials report problems with voting machines," 28 Aug. 2018 That means only Republican and independent commissioners will help select outgoing Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales' replacement. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Bill Montgomery trying for Arizona Supreme Court seat — again," 3 June 2019 The Miami Herald has endorsed Rodriguez Aguilera, a Republican vying to replace outgoing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida’s 27th congressional district. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Florida House candidate who claims she was abducted by aliens endorsed by major newspaper," 21 Aug. 2018 According to outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, the service’s 2020 budget originally did not include the F-15s. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Asks for Nearly 380 Aircraft, But One Buy Is Raising Eyebrows," 13 Mar. 2019 Photo: Ursula Coyote/Netflix A cap on the credits, passed by lawmakers in 2011 and supported by outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, limits the state to doling out $50 million a year in rebates. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "New Mexico’s Filmmaking-Incentive Program May Be Too Attractive," 30 Dec. 2018 On December 18, outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley previewed the plan, but didn’t offer many concrete details. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Another bill working its way through the Michigan legislature would create an authority with members appointed by outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder to oversee an oil pipeline project. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Michigan Gov.-Elect Says Lame-Duck Session Trying to Weaken Her Power," 6 Dec. 2018 Either could become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, which has only ever had two Muslim members: outgoing Ellison and Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat seeking re-election. Jeff Karoub, The Seattle Times, "Muslims run for office in record numbers but the path is uphill," 16 July 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 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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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