outgoing

adjective out·go·ing \ ˈau̇t-ˌgō-iŋ , -ˌgȯ(-)iŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of outgoing

1 a : 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.

outgoingness

noun

Examples of outgoing in a Sentence

  1. Outgoing mail goes in this box.

  2. a salesman whose aggressively outgoing personality could sometimes be overbearing

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First Known Use of outgoing

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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OUTGOING Defined for English Language Learners

outgoing

Definition of outgoing for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

outgoing

adjective out·go·ing \ ˈau̇t-ˌgō-iŋ \

Definition of outgoing for Students

1 : friendly 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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