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out·​go ˌau̇t-ˈgō How to pronounce outgo (audio)
outwent; outgoing; outgoes

transitive verb

: to go beyond : outdo


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out·​go ˈau̇t-ˌgō How to pronounce outgo (audio)
plural outgoes
: something that goes out
specifically : expenditure
: the act of going out

Example Sentences

Noun last year the film company's outgoes exceeded its revenues by a wide margin the outgo of the town's only remaining manufacturing plant was a disaster
Recent Examples on the Web
Online interactions can also help less-outgoing students and others on the margins of classroom conversations to flourish. Aly Kassam-remtulla, Wired, 6 May 2020 Hayes, an assistant county prosecutor, was endorsed by outgoing prosecutor Stephen Haller and County Sheriff Gene Fischer. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2020 Both commissioners — Rick Baas and Tim Posnanski — were appointed by outgoing County Executive Chris Abele. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has forced the sprawling airline group to halt most flights, choking off revenue while outgoing costs for ticket refunds and financial obligations strain its reserves. Richard Weiss, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2020 A day after he was abruptly fired by President Trump, outgoing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson spoke on the phone with Senate Minority Chuck Schumer. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, 4 Apr. 2020 His campaign committee is chaired by outgoing Councilman Jared Taylor, who has distinguished himself as the council's fiscal conservative. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, 16 Mar. 2020 Beforehand, the school, which is endowed by outgoing Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier, sent out its annual distribution of student résumés to several thousand of its industry contacts. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2019 William Marbury, who had been appointed a justice of the peace by outgoing President John Adams, was denied the official commission for that office by James Madison, secretary of state in the incoming Jefferson administration. Austin Sarat, The Conversation, 13 Mar. 2020
Adding committed expenses like salaries, pension, and interest outgo to subsidies, 16 states saw their overall expense eat into 56% of their revenue in the financial year 2022-23, a note by SBI Research has suggested. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 22 Aug. 2022 Together, these will account for a revenue outgo of around Rs 17,000 crores a year. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 15 Apr. 2022 Fiscal experts believe that the government will require more than $25 billion a year and that the national debt cannot be reduced unless incomes exceed the probable outgo. NOLA.com, 10 Nov. 2020 The online delivery method changed and with few expenses for groundskeeping and other items related to on-campus learning, there were some savings that balanced the outgo of funds. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, 26 June 2020 The average monthly rental outgo in city-limit areas is Rs45,800. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, 16 June 2020 Given the nature of the current slowdown, which is mainly due to weak consumer demand, there is no reason to imagine that private companies will invest more if their tax outgo decreases. Rahul Menon, Quartz India, 22 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1553, in the meaning defined above


circa 1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outgo was in 1553

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“Outgo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgo. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural outgoes
: money spent : outlay

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