out·​go·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce outgoing (audio) , -ˌgȯ(-)iŋ \

Definition of outgoing

1a : going away : departing an outgoing ship
b : retiring or withdrawing from a place or position the outgoing president
c : directed to an intended recipient outgoing mail
2 : openly friendly and responsive : extroverted His outgoing personality made him popular at school.

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Other Words from outgoing

outgoingness noun

Examples of outgoing in a Sentence

Outgoing mail goes in this box. a salesman whose aggressively outgoing personality could sometimes be overbearing
Recent Examples on the Web By winning the most important downhill of the season, Kriechmayr presented the outgoing president of the Austrian winter sports federation with an ideal gift. Eric Willemsen, ajc, "Like a legend: Kriechmayr wins 2 speed golds at ski worlds," 14 Feb. 2021 City Council welcomed a new director of human resources and wished the outgoing director well in her retirement at its first meeting of the year Tuesday (Jan. 19). Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Solon council confirms new human resources director; Stolarsky to retire," 20 Jan. 2021 The San Antonio Symphony scrapped its 10 spring concerts, including one paying tribute to outgoing Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "2020 a year in arts that almost wasn’t in San Antonio: Theaters, dancehalls and museums shut down for months this year before reopening to a new world," 23 Dec. 2020 And the outgoing acting director, Elez Biberaj, is not going out quietly. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Taxpayer-funded news outlet Voice of America subjected to more leadership turmoil," 9 Dec. 2020 For Michel Zaffran, the WHO's outgoing director of polio eradication, this issue of trust, rather than logistics, is the biggest challenge. NBC News, "Creating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. Reaching the world is the next.," 24 Nov. 2020 Under federal law, the outgoing president and vice president are provided a transition office and other services for six months for the purpose of wrapping up their official business. Darlene Superville, Chron, "Former VP Pence opens transition office in Virginia," 3 Feb. 2021 The move will leave the outgoing mayor’s imprint on the new administration. Andrew Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I think it’s time.’ William Gross talks retirement, politics, George Floyd," 29 Jan. 2021 This was, in a sense, its own kind of ideology — one that the desultory handful of militiamen on the street shared with the many factions of the Boogaloo, with the mob at the U.S. Capitol, with the outgoing president of the United States. New York Times, "How Armed Protests Are Creating a New Kind of Politics," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of outgoing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of outgoing was before the 12th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Outgoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgoing. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outgoing

used to describe someone who is friendly and likes being with and talking to other people
: going away : leaving a place
: leaving a particular position


out·​go·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce outgoing (audio) \

Kids Definition of outgoing

1 : friendly sense 1 She's an outgoing person.
2 : leaving a place an outgoing ship
3 : retiring from a place or position the outgoing president

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