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

  • transitive v. To go beyond; exceed or surpass.
  • n. Something that goes out, especially an expenditure or a cost.
  • n. The act or process of going out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To go out, to set forth.
  • v. To go further; to exceed or surpass; go beyond.
  • v. To overtake; to travel faster than.
  • v. To outdo; exceed; surpass.
  • n. The act or process of going out.
  • n. A quantity of a substance or thing that has flowed out; an outflow.
  • n. an expenditure, cost or outlay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which goes out, or is paid out; outlay; expenditure; -- the opposite of income.
  • transitive v. To go beyond; to exceed in swiftness; to surpass; to outdo.
  • transitive v. To circumvent; to overreach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go beyond; advance so as to pass in going; go faster or further than; leave behind; outdistance.
  • To outdo; exceed; surpass.
  • n. That which goes out; outflow; specifically, expenditure: the opposite of income.

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

  • v. be or do something to a greater degree
  • n. money paid out; an amount spent


From Middle English outgon, from Old English ūtgān ("to go out"), from Proto-Germanic *ūt + *gānan (“to go out”), equivalent to out- +‎ go. Cognate with Scots outgae ("to go out, depart"), Dutch uitgaan, German ausgehen, Swedish utgå. (Wiktionary)


  • Then let from his breast, for he burst with rage, the Weder-Geat prince a word outgo; stormed the stark-heart; stern went ringing and clear his cry 'neath the cliff-rocks gray.


  • Then let from his breast, for he burst with rage, the Weder-Geat prince a word outgo; stormed the stark-heart; stern went ringing and clear his cry ’neath the cliff-rocks gray.

    Beowulf, translated by Francis Gummere

  • Can't we just line-up the outgoing cabal of treasonous conspirators (if indeed the welfare dependant electorate chooses to 'outgo' them - by no means certain, imho) against the wall of the Citadel on the day of the Queen's Birthday Parade and have a contingent from the Brigade of Guards shoot the the whole feckin'lot of 'em, as the Band of The Royal Marines plays Colonel Bogey, followed by Beyond Dull Care as their rancid carcasses are removed in a City of Westminster shit-cart.

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  • Isn't it ironic that the association must now adopt a budget to match income with outgo, just as the great state of Wisconsin must do, or go broke?

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  • But, assuming the entire acquisition is funded by debt at a cost of about 7% Libor plus 1.9% percentage point, the total interest outgo works out to about A$126 million.

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  • Higher operating expenses and tax outgo crimped net profit growth to 4%.

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  • More precisely, intragovernmental debt consists of promises to repay certain federal government accounts, such as the Social Security Trust Funds, for amounts they lent to the Treasury in years when their earmarked revenues exceeded their outgo for benefits and other costs.

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  • US-based AptarGroup, which makes dispensing systems for various applications, has acquired Hyderabad-based TKH Plastics Pvt Ltd entailing an outgo of about $18 million nearly Rs 90 crore.

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  • The latter describes the trust fund as "a contingency reserve to absorb temporary fluctuations in income and outgo."

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  • Finance Director D.K. Sarraf said the subsidy outgo will reduce by 500 million rupees a day due to the fuel price hike.

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