out-

out-

a prefixal use of out, adv., occurring in various senses in compounds (outcast, outcome, outside ), and serving also to form many transitive verbs denoting a going beyond, surpassing, or outdoing in the particular action indicated (outbid, outdo, outgeneral, outlast, outstay, outrate ).

Origin:
Middle English; Old English ūt-; see out

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prefix
1.  excelling or surpassing in a particular action: outlast; outlive
2.  indicating an external location or situation away from the centre: outpost; outpatient
3.  indicating emergence, an issuing forth, etc: outcrop; outgrowth
4.  indicating the result of an action: outcome

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