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

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Rakesh Kapoor, Reckitt’s outgoing chief executive, explained the reasons behind a 9% fall in sales of its over-the-counter brands, home to health care products like Nurofen painkillers. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Lysol’s Health Troubles Look Contagious," 2 May 2019 The extension of health-care benefits to about 700,000 low-income Ohioans is one of the proudest achievements of outgoing Gov. John Kasich. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Each weighing around 5½ pounds, Rain is fairly shy while Opal is more outgoing. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With ears like satellite dishes, serval cat makes Milwaukee County Zoo debut along with Malayan chevrotains," 18 Jan. 2018 Working alongside the reclusive Decarnin for some of the glory years was the young, outgoing, and media savvy Olivier Rousteing. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019 The best new artist winner, British singer Dua Lipa, also cast major shade on the outgoing recording academy president. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 The ingoing and outgoing presidents met to discuss the transition of power, which will take place Dec. 1. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Mexico's president-elect travels without visible security detail: 'The people will protect me'," 2 Oct. 2018 Joe Robertson, the outgoing president, will stay until July 1. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "OHSU chooses new president from University of Texas," 8 May 2018 One of the students, 7-year-old Rodney Davis, is an outgoing child who became anxious last year and stopped wanting to go to school. Washington Post, "How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools," 9 Mar. 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 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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