Definition of outbox in US English:



Pronunciation /ˈaʊtbɑks//ˈoutbäks/
North American
  • 1A box or tray on a person's desk for outgoing letters and documents that have been dealt with.

    • ‘If your job was emptying an inbox and filling an outbox, you were begging for someone to draw the analogy and act on it.’
    • ‘Darcy initialed the routing slip in the proper place and tossed the folder into his outbox.’
    • ‘He gestured a thumb towards the rather large boxed off out box.’
    • ‘With a snort he initialed the file and pitched it in the outbox.’
    • ‘I nod to Jeff as he picks up the solitary envelope in my outbox, correspondence to a client asking them to kindly provide a new telephone number.’
    1. 1.1 A folder in which emails written by an individual are held before being sent.
      • ‘Those emails would remain in my out-box.’
      • ‘Try as she might, her MS Word Document fax won't send out of the outbox.’
      • ‘Now you have some kind of structure, you can start to move all your existing emails from both your inbox and outbox to your newly created folders.’
      • ‘I could probably be fired for some of the things that have emanated from my outbox.’
      • ‘I have a stuck message in my mobile phone outbox that leaves an annoying icon and means I can't send texts.’
      • ‘Is there an outbox where you can see who you have sent messages to?’
      • ‘But, rather than do cute animations, we took the most important emails in out inbox and outbox and created a fake interface so that people can read our emails.’
      • ‘All messages are stored in the "in box" or "out box" within the computer so that they can be re-read at any time.’
      • ‘At least I was not firing off maudlin emails to any exes out there (better check my outbox just in case).’
      • ‘Along with weather information and a listing of recent articles about Linux, Evolution shows how many messages are in your inbox and outbox.’
      • ‘Are you one of those people who use Microsoft Outlook and have ended up with a bulging inbox, a stuffed full outbox and not much else?’
      • ‘After reporting it to police, she noticed a strange email in her outbox.’


[with object]
Pronunciation /ˌaʊtˈbɑks//ˈaʊtbɑks//ˈoutbäks//ˌoutˈbäks/
  • Defeat (an opponent) by superior boxing ability.

    • ‘The unanimous decision that brought the end to his reign was due, in no small part, to the champion's decision to try and outbox his more skilled opponent, confining the use of his power advantage until the later rounds.’
    • ‘Would you be willing to trade punches with him or are you just going to try to outbox him for the decision win?’
    • ‘A successful businessman, he wasn't short of money but enjoyed the challenge of outboxing an opponent.’
    • ‘As one boxing historian stated, ‘If he could not outbox an opponent, he could certainly outlast the best of them.’’
    • ‘The ones who favoured him pointed to his unnatural talent and boxing ability and seemingly great stamina and picked him to outbox the 27-year-old legend.’