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 If the talks are successful, Social Democrat Olaf Scholz — the finance minister and vice chancellor in the outgoing government — will become Germany’s new leader. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 Mercedes was outgoing, bubbly, the life of the party. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 Now, Mick’s playing a swinging part, like a Chuck Berry rhythm, and it’s only heard in the back end of it when the vocals are outgoing. Chris Willman, Variety, 16 Sep. 2021 Hedaya was outgoing and loved travel and fashion, according to The Associated Press. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021 There’s nothing wrong with seeking assistance from others, especially those who are more outgoing than you. Lisa Kanarek, Wired, 8 Aug. 2021 Ruggles, who taught second grade remotely last year, said generally speaking, the children in her class who are more outgoing had an easier time engaging in online-only learning than those who are shy. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, 2 Aug. 2021 Some are immediately outgoing and others take time to warm-up but one common thread exists in the feline world: Cats will absolutely entertain their humans. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Hilda is outgoing and has a big social circle, but says her relationship with Helen is different. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021

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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. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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