outgoing

adjective
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 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 Paul Ryan, also from Wisconsin, is retiring, which creates the possibility that a Democrat could replace the outgoing Republican speaker of the House. Dylan Scott, Vox, "A vicious Senate primary is hurting Republicans in Wisconsin," 10 Aug. 2018 The outgoing Speaker outlined a proposal, which his team sketched out with the White House, that meets each of Trump’s demands for an immigration bill. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "The Trump Administration Is Scouting Military Bases to House Migrant Children," 20 June 2018 Paul Ryan, the outgoing House speaker, also carries significant influence over his chamber’s legislative process, though the hard-right House Freedom Caucus has often limited his practical ability to pass legislation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Do the Democrats Even Want Power?," 20 June 2018 Ryan is used to having to wrangle members from the far-right of his party, but the moderate Republicans who joined with Democrats to force the immigration vote represented a new — and embarrassing — challenge for the outgoing speaker. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Paul Ryan announces two immigration votes, halts rogue effort to force DACA issue," 12 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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The first known use of outgoing was before the 12th century

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outgoing

adjective

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

outgoing

adjective
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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