out-

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See also: out and oût

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ut-, from Old English ūt- (out, without, outside) (also as ūta-, ūtan- (from or on the outside, without), as in ūtanweard (outward, external)), from Proto-Germanic *ūt- (out-). Cognate with Dutch uit-, German aus-, Swedish ut-, Icelandic út-. More at out.

Prefix[edit]

out-

  1. External to, on the outside of
    outback
    outhouse
  2. Toward the outside of, away from
    outcast
    outlead
    outflee
  3. Forms verbs with the sense of surpassing or exceeding the prefixed word. This construction is productive.
    outdo
    outlast
    outmaneuver
  4. Greater than
    outsize
    outrun
    outgrow
    By the end of the competition, Lisa's plant had outgrown its competitors, winning the competition.
  5. Beyond
    The plant's leaves outgrew their box
  6. Completely
    outfit
    outwork

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