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.

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 Guaranteeing Green's Salary and Trading Him Under the NBA's old collective bargaining agreement, a player's outgoing salary for trade purposes included nonguaranteed salary. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Macron's party and its centrist allies hold over 300 seats in the outgoing parliament. Elaine Ganley, ajc, 14 May 2022 Ohio joins over 30% of the country with high pollen levels right now, with a combination of outgoing tree pollen like ash, mulberry, and oak and incoming grass pollen. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Based on the images that have been released, the new car’s physiognomy is very similar to that of the outgoing version, but there are some subtle differences. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 May 2022 Citigroup said outgoing Compliance Chief Mary McNiff will aid Mr. Anderson in the transition. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Franchot, a candidate for governor, said he was baffled by the outgoing Hogan administration’s sudden rush to transfer the property and questioned the administration’s appraisal of the sprawling property as worthless. Bryn Stole, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2022 Marcos' running mate, Sara Duterte, the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte and mayor of southern Davao city, had a formidable lead in the vice presidential race, which is separate from the presidential race. Editors, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 By tradition in Illinois, the outgoing Supreme Court justice selects their replacement, who then still must be approved by the full court. Clare Spaulding, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outgoing

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

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“Outgoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgoing. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for outgoing


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

More from Merriam-Webster on outgoing

Nglish: Translation of outgoing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of outgoing for Arabic Speakers


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