Definition of outgoing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtɡəʊɪŋ/


1Friendly and socially confident: she’s always been very outgoing and she’s got heaps of friends
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  • Volunteers should be available for a 3 hour period each week, and should have a friendly outgoing personality and helpful, caring disposition.
  • With her friendly smile and outgoing personality Ann made many friends and was held in high regard by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
  • He will always be remembered for his outgoing and friendly personality.
extrovert, uninhibited, unreserved, demonstrative, affectionate, warm, friendly, genial, cordial, affable, easy-going, easy, hail-fellow-well-met, approachable, sociable, convivial, lively, gregarious, attention-seeking;
communicative, responsive, open, forthcoming, frank, expansive;
talkative, garrulous, loquacious
2 [attributive] Leaving an office or position: the outgoing Prime Minister
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  • Without further ado, the new coalition is adopting the position of the outgoing right-wing government.
  • The only change on the committee was at Assistant Secretary level where the two outgoing occupants of the position didn't seek re-election.
  • In a statement outside Conservative central office, the outgoing Tory leader said that the name of his successor would be announced in a simple statement tomorrow afternoon.
departing, retiring, leaving
2.1Going out or away from a particular place: incoming and outgoing calls
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  • At present, only about a fifth of India's international telephone traffic comprises of outgoing calls, owing to the high cost of using conventional lines.
  • He said its outgoing traffic in first half 2000 declined almost 2.0 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.
  • It starts by blocking all incoming and outgoing traffic and then opening ports for specific services.


1 (outgoings) A person’s regular expenditure: if your outgoings regularly exceed your incomings, you have a problem
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  • Make a list of your essential regular monthly outgoings (mortgage/rent, council tax, utilities) and a separate list of your debts.
  • However, for many whose outgoings simply exceed their income on a regular basis such a loan may prove to be a terrible mistake.
  • It should take about an hour to note down regular income and outgoings and to identify what you can and cannot afford.
expenses, expenditure, spending, outlay, money spent, payments, disbursements, costs, overheads
2An instance of going out: the inward deliveries and outgoings of raw materials

Words that rhyme with outgoing

easygoing, flowing, going, knowing, mowing, showing, sowing, thoroughgoing, toing and froing

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