out·​go·​ing | \ˈau̇t-ˌgō-iŋ, -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

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The outgoing Republican, for example, vetoed three different bills to expand solar energy in New Mexico. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 Incumbent Bill Nelson and outgoing governor Rick Scott’s Senate race has narrowed to about .22 percent, which is under the legal threshold of .25 percent for a manual recount. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams’s Campaign Says Recount or Runoff Is Possible—If All Georgia Votes Are Actually Counted—While Andrew Gillum’s Race Enters Recount Range in Florida," 8 Nov. 2018 New Mexico voters chose their first female Democratic Latina governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, to succeed outgoing Republican governor Susana Martinez. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Democrats Won Back the House—They Have Women to Thank for That," 7 Nov. 2018 To make this happen, Mosley just needed to be more outgoing. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Mizzou’s recruitment of this local prospect has heated up. The reason? More texting.," 12 July 2018 Marquette junior forward Emma Nolan is extremely outgoing, has a bundle of energy and likes to joke around. John O'malley, Post-Tribune, "Marquette's Emma and Sophia Nolan named the 2017-18 Post-Tribune Girls Basketball Players of the Year," 15 Mar. 2018 Pope Francis, shown in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in October, has been more outgoing and accessible to crowds than his predecessor. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Benedict Protects Pope Francis’ Right Flank," 13 Mar. 2018 Babineau told him the Chevy belonged to Debra Davis, a cafeteria worker beloved by students for her sunny, outgoing personality. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "When Hoover High cafeteria worker's story goes viral, her 'other life' is revealed," 13 July 2018 His easy smile and rolling thunder of a laugh were just teasers of his outgoing personality and big heart. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gifted with boundless energy, a father faces his final days and leaves a lasting message," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of outgoing

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

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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 \

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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