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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The outgoing seniors earned $141,000 in local scholarship money and $1.7 million in college scholarship money. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Olmsted Falls High School principal reflects on ‘gifted’ Class of 2019," 10 June 2019 Needy and helpless, Sean still calls his voice mail, just to hear the outgoing message. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In 'Papi Chulo,' a lonely weatherman and a day laborer form a delightful friendship," 10 June 2019 Mom Sarah is tightly wound, adoring of her charming, outgoing and pretty younger daughter, Bethie. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Weiner's 'Mrs. Everything' explores broken dreams in the era of women's lib," 10 June 2019 Graduation season kicked off in earnest this week in the metro area as Portland Public Schools hosted 12 ceremonies celebrating more than 2,000 outgoing seniors. oregonlive.com, "Graduations galore, a shift in Oregon’s sex ed curriculum and Portland breaks ground on a middle school: The week in education," 8 June 2019 The party was the second-largest party in the outgoing parliament, but its vote share plunged to about 9% Wednesday, compared to 21.1% in 2015. Time, "Denmark's Social Democrats on Track to Return to Power as PM Concedes," 7 June 2019 The outgoing commissioner is expected to earn close to $20 million in future bonuses. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "New Big Ten commissioner is Minnesota Vikings COO Kevin Warren," 4 June 2019 After all, the outgoing ATS-V (replaced by the CT4-V) comes with 464hp (346kW), and the CTS-V (replaced by the CT5-V) boasts a hefty 640hp (477kW), both far in excess of the cars that will take their places in the showroom. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac revamps its sportiest lineup, adds new CT4-V and CT5-V sedans," 31 May 2019 This piece of your chart governs your social networks and community, which makes sense, since Leos are known to be funny and outgoing. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Leo Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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