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 The selection of Allawi, 66, to replace outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi was the product of many back-room talks over months between rival parties. BostonGlobe.com, "Iraqi blocs select new PM-designate after weeks of jockeying," 1 Feb. 2020 The bill is nonbinding and subject to approval by the Iraqi government, but has the backing of the outgoing prime minister. CBS News, "Iran denies shooting at crowds protesting after plane was shot down," 13 Jan. 2020 On Tuesday, Iraq’s outgoing prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, said the United States has no choice but to pull its troops out of the country. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, "Killing of Iran general risks U.S. gains against Islamic State," 8 Jan. 2020 The bill is subject to approval by the Iraqi government but has the backing of the outgoing prime minister. Qassim Abdul-zahra And Bassem Mroue, SFChronicle.com, "Baghdad seeks expulsion of US troops over killing of Iran general," 5 Jan. 2020 That role of chief intelligence advisor is one that Coats, Trump’s outgoing DNI, never quite grew into. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Danger of John Ratcliffe," 30 July 2019 In reaction to a promotional Tweet about the new, limited-time, bacon-topped, double burger, outgoing Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James tweeted the below: James wasn't alone in expressing his dismay. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Kansas City Mayor Shares His Thoughts on McDonald's UK "Kansas City Stack" Burger," 21 June 2019 And just moments ago, the president picked Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace the outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Fox News, "Sekulow: Kavanaugh will be a brilliant Supreme Court justice," 10 July 2018 The Frenchman enjoyed a blistering season in Germany with Dortmund prior to moving to Catalonia, making the Bundesliga's team of the year, before being chosen by Barca the following summer to replace the outgoing Neymar. SI.com, "Barcelona President Insists French Star Will Stay This Summer Amid Interest From Arsenal & Liverpool," 3 June 2018

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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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=outgoi01. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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