out·​go·​ing ˈau̇t-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce outgoing (audio)
: going away : departing
an outgoing ship
: retiring or withdrawing from a place or position
the outgoing president
: directed to an intended recipient
outgoing mail
: openly friendly and responsive : extroverted
His outgoing personality made him popular at school.
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 There are several modern designs and fonts available for instantly upgrading your outgoing mail. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 But by how much? Race for Indiana governor Six Republican candidates are vying to replace outgoing governor Eric Holcomb. Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2024 When setting up the device for a child, choose Selected Contacts in the calling and messaging apps to handpick the contacts for incoming and outgoing calls. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 So in 2018, Stockton changed the pre-recorded greeting for outgoing prisoner calls to family and friends. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 The engine reverts to 602 hp and 412 lb-ft, and revamping the traction control system affords more deliciously smoky oversteer from this RWD missile than the outgoing 580-2 Coupe. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 An outgoing personality and a selfless heart Mattie Olivia Nicholson was born in Oakland on July 9, 1967, to Geraldine Nicholson. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 25 Mar. 2024 United have been linked to the former Brighton manager Graham Potter, the outgoing Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel, the England manager Gareth Southgate and the current Brighton manager Robert De Zerbi. Sam Pilger, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Each of the 10 outgoing members will have $6.5 million withheld from their conference distributions (in installments) over the remainder of the calendar year, leaving behind a pot of $65 million for Washington State and Oregon State. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of outgoing was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Outgoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgoing. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


out·​go·​ing ˈau̇t-ˌgō-iŋ How to pronounce outgoing (audio)
: going out : departing
outgoing tide
: retiring from a position
the outgoing governor
: being at ease and friendly when dealing with others
an outgoing person

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