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 rest of Zhongxingxin is owned by two private companies comprising 42 individuals, including two outgoing board members: Mr. Yin, the former chairman, and Wei Zaisheng. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "ZTE Replaces Board, but Power Structure Remains," 29 June 2018 The outgoing members, Janet Siddiqui, Ellen Flynn Giles and Anne DeLacy, often sided with former Superintendent Renee Foose on sometimes controversial policy decisions. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Voters to narrow a wide field for Howard school board," 25 June 2018 When Rabbi Shmuel Halpert, outgoing Knesset member of the haredi party Agudat Yisrael, invited Rabbi Isaac Schapira to a meeting in July 2011, Schapira's life changed forever. Howard Blas, Sun-Sentinel.com, "The worldwide work of saving cemeteries and honoring the Jewish dead," 19 June 2018 The three outgoing board members this year are Patti Zilka, Melissa Clifford and Kris Burns. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "2017 was a successful year for Heritage Avon Lake," 4 Feb. 2018 That work was rewarded in December 2016, when outgoing president Barack Obama created Bears Ears National Monument using the 1906 Antiquities Act. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 Latest Stories Andrés Manuel López Obrador's victory would be a resounding defeat for outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto. NBC News, "Ruling party candidate concedes defeat to leftist López Obrador in Mexican presidential vote," 2 July 2018 But when screens showed the outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI, many of the crowd booed hard. Time, "'I Am Here to Salute My President': Mexicans Celebrate Lopez Obrador's Left-Wing Landslide," 2 July 2018 The two entrepreneurs, who met at Boise State's business college, talked with the outgoing president about his legacy. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "This is the day Boise State's top Bronco rides away," 29 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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