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
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the diagnosis, Rosie continued to be outgoing and gregarious. Angela Blakely, USA TODAY, "Girl with alopecia creates confidence for other children with head scarves," 19 Dec. 2019 My husband is very outgoing, enjoys interacting with people. Carmina Danini, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs coach eulogizes San Antonio’s Charline McCombs, calling her ‘iconic in her own right’," 12 Dec. 2019 The outgoing Cabinet has four women ministers, the highest in the country in decades. Washington Post, "Lebanese women march in Beirut against sexual harassment," 7 Dec. 2019 More: Slain Detroit police officer was outgoing, funny and 'loved, loved, loved' his job Detroit Police Chief James Craig has described the suspect in McClain's death as a dangerous man, with a violent criminal history. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "Earlier victim of suspect in Detroit officer's death recalls terrifying encounter," 24 Nov. 2019 In several studies, for instance, Smillie and his colleagues have found that acting extroverted not only leads people to be outgoing but also more bold and assertive. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Quiet Disadvantage: Study Finds Extroverts Are Happier—Even When They’re Really Introverts," 9 Oct. 2019 Before moving to the United States in July 1981, Ellis was more outgoing. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Jill Ellis content as she closes USWNT career marked by unprecedented success, challenges," 5 Oct. 2019 People tend to be drawn to Gary’s outgoing, active, caring disposition. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive.com, "Gary, 10, is an athletic child with a magnetic personality: A Home of Their Own," 27 July 2019 Directed by Matthew Warchus, A Christmas Carol strikes an unusually friendly and outgoing pose, with musicians in Victorian cloaks led by a violinist playing some folksy carols while the audience finds its seats. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Joyous Christmas Carol on Broadway," 14 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outgoing.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgoing. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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