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English definition of “outgoing”

outgoing

adjective [before noun]     /ˌaʊtˈɡəʊɪŋ/ US   /ˈaʊtɡəʊɪŋ/
about to leave an important job, such as managing a company or governing a country: Shareholders criticized the company for an exorbitant compensation package that paid the outgoing CEO more than $71 million last year. an outgoing president/chairman/director
COMMUNICATIONS an outgoing phone call or email is made or sent by one person to another, rather than being received: Outgoing calls are charged at a rate of 49 cents, or 38p, a minute.
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(Definition of outgoing adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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