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This page has 7 definitions of outgoing in English. Outgoing is an adjective, noun and verb. Examples of how to use outgoing in a sentence are shown. Also define these 23 related words and terms: extroverted, talkative, friendly, social, especially, respect, meet, new, people, easily, comfortably, leaving, going, out, exit, departure, unco, money, expenditure, outlay, expense, limit, and outgo.



  • (adjective, verb) IPA(key): /aʊtˈɡəʊɪŋ/
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  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈaʊtˌɡəʊɪŋ/
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outgoing (comparative more outgoing, superlative most outgoing)

  1. Extroverted: talkative, friendly, and social, especially with respect to meeting new people easily and comfortably.
    Tom is very outgoing and enjoys meeting people; his brother, on the other hand, is painfully shy.
    • 2003, Bernardo J. Carducci, Lisa Kaiser, The Shyness Breakthrough, page 124:
      Quieter parents, who prefer a less stimulating lifestyle, may be baffled and challenged by these same outgoing kids.
    • 1996, Stanley I. Greenspan, Jacqueline Salmon, The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children, page 308:
      The outgoing former leader may have difficulty slowing down, being reflective, and studying and may be insensitive in a close relationship.
    • 2006, Direct Selling Women's Alliance, More Build It Big: 101 Insider Secrets from Top Direct Selling Experts, page 264:
      Think of it this way: Some people are more outgoing, while others are more reserved.
    • 2010, Ruth Ames, This Totally Bites!, back cover:
      Twelve-year-old Emma-Rose Paley has always felt very different from her bubbly, outgoing parents.
  2. (not comparable) Going out, on its way out.
    Is there any outgoing post?
    • 1917 August 27, President of the United States (Woodrow Wilson), Executive Order 2692,
      In the neighborhood of each defensive sea area the following entrances are designated for incoming and outgoing vessels: Atlantic. [] Designated entrance for outgoing vessels: The main entrance to the Panama Canal, between the breakwaters. Pacific. [] Designated entrance for outgoing vessels: Canal prism.
    • 1922, John Arthur Thomson, The Outline of Science, Volume I, Part III:
      There is struggle for food, accentuated by the fact that small items tend to be swept away by the outgoing tide or to sink down the slope to deep water.
    • 1946, Paramahansa Yogananda, chapter 26, in Autobiography of a Yogi:
      By KRIYA, the outgoing life force is not wasted and abused in the senses, but constrained to reunite with subtler spinal energies.
  3. (not comparable) Being replaced in office (while still in office but after election has determined that he/she will be replaced).
    The outgoing politician wasn't too disappointed he'd lost the election; he was tired of political infighting.


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outgoing (plural outgoings)

  1. The act of leaving or going out; exit, departure.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Psalms 65:8:
      the outgoings of the morning and evening
    • 1749, Jonathan Edwards, An Account of the Life of the Late Rev. David Brainerd:
      [] any present thirstings for God, or ardent outgoings of their souls after divine objects []
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide:
      It was noted by them that kenned best that her cantrips were at their worst when the tides in the Sker Bay ebbed between the hours of twelve and one. At this season of the night the tides of mortality run lowest, and when the outgoing of these unco waters fell in with the setting of the current of life, then indeed was the hour for unholy revels.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) Money that leaves one's possession; expenditure, outlay, expense.
  3. The extreme limit; the place of ending.
    • Limit definition
      A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go. (1 of 12 limit definitions)




  1. present participle and gerund of outgo