from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Going out or away; departing: an outgoing passenger train.
  • adj. Retiring from or relinquishing a place, position, or office: the outgoing chairperson.
  • adj. Addressed for sending: outgoing mail.
  • adj. Sociable and responsive to others; friendly: a warm, outgoing personality.
  • adj. Intended to be taken out, as from a restaurant: outgoing orders of Chinese food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Comfortable in social settings and interactions; confident in dealing with people especially in meeting new people; gregarious.
  • adj. Going out, on its way out.
  • adj. Being replaced in office (while still in office but after election has determined will be replaced).
  • n. The act of leaving or going out; exit, departure
  • n. Money that leaves one's possession; expenditure, outlay, expense
  • v. Present participle of outgo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Going out; departing; leaving
  • adj. Being sent out.
  • adj. Enjoying the company of others; pleasant and responsive to others; sociable; friendly; convivial; cordial; -- of people. Opposite of reserved or cold.
  • n. The act or the state of going out.
  • n. That which goes out; outgo; outlay.
  • n. The extreme limit; the place of ending.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Going out; departing; removing: as, an outgoing tenant.
  • n. The act of going out.
  • n. That which goes out; outlay; expenditure: generally in the plural.
  • n. plural Utmost border; extreme limits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. at ease in talking to others
  • adj. retiring from a position or office
  • adj. leaving a place or a position


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