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Preposition Prefixes. Out- C oming from a point away, outside, external: going away; better, greater, or more than. Up- Improve, move higher With- Against. Outperform. Surpass others in skill or artistry An experienced athlete will outperform the novice. .

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preposition prefixes

Preposition Prefixes

Out- Coming from a point away, outside, external: going away; better, greater, or more than.

Up- Improve, move higher


  • Surpass others in skill or artistry
    • An experienced athlete will outperform the novice.
  • (Of an investment) Be more profitable than
    • Silver has outperformed the stock market.
  • To defeat or get the better of (someone) by being clever or cunning
    • The villains always think they can outsmart the superheros.
  • Extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation
    • Her voice trembled with outrage.
  • An action or event causing such a reaction
    • The referee’s decision was an outrage to the coaches.
  • Traveling away from a particular place, esp. on the first leg of a round trip
    • I was trying to catch an outbound flight, but the traffic at BWI caused me to miss my flight.
    • The outbound Amtrak train was almost at capacity, so I had to share my seat area with others.
  • Treatment is done on an outpatient basis.
    • Usually chemotherapy is provided to outpatients who come in for multiple treatments.
  • A person who receives medical treatment without being admitted to a hospital
    • I saw my physical therapist as an outpatient on a weekly basis.
  • A violent or sudden change or disruption to something
    • Major upheavals in the financial markets have caused a great deal of economic distress in the last two years.
  • An upward displacement of part of the earth's crust
    • An earthquake could be described as an upheaval in the land surface of the planet.
  • Toward or relating to the more expensive or affluent sector of the market
    • Hawaii's upscale boutique hotels are quite expensive.
    • Once known as the low-cost cousin of beef, fish has moved upscale and is available at high prices from the best restaurants.
  • Financial or material support of a person or animal
    • Payments for the children's upkeep are usually considered as part of a divorce settlement.
  • The process of keeping something in good condition
    • We will be responsible for the upkeep of the access road.
  • Divert attention from (someone) toward oneself; outshine
    • The star quarterback was totally upstaged by the wide receiver’s great play.
  • (Of an actor) Move toward the back of a stage to make (another actor) face away from the audience
    • The show’s director chastised the actor for upstaging his co-star.
  • Pull (something, esp. a tree or plant) out of the ground
    • The elephant's trunk is powerful enough to uproot trees.
  • Move (someone) from their home or a familiar location
    • My father traveled constantly and uprooted his family several times.
  • Eradicate; destroy
    • The digital revolution has uprooted the previous dependency on printed books and newspapers.
upheld uphold
Upheld (Uphold)
  • Confirm or support (something that has been questioned)
    • The court upheld his claim for damages
  • Maintain (a custom or practice)
    • Many Amish furniture makers uphold the tradition of simple but functional designs.
withstand withstood
Withstand (Withstood)
  • Remain undamaged or unaffected by; resist
    • The structure had been designed to withstand winds of more than 100 mph.
  • Offer strong resistance or opposition to (someone or something)
    • The student was able to withstand the taunting of the bully and reported the incident to the guidance counselor.
withhold withheld
  • Refuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another)
    • The name of the dead man is being withheld pending notification of the family.
    • Because of their religious beliefs, the family decided to withhold their consent to treatment.
  • Suppress or hold back (an emotion or reaction)
  • (Of an employer) Deduct (tax) from an employee's paycheck and send it directly to the government
    • I prefer to have my employer withhold the maximum amount so I that I can anticipate a tax refund.
  • In the absence of
    • He went to Sweden without her.
  • Not having the use or benefit of
    • The courageous mountaineer was the first person to make the ascent without oxygen.
  • In circumstances in which the action mentioned does not happen
    • They sat looking at each other without speaking.
  • Outside
    • The barbarians were without the gates, but the peasants were afraid.
  • Inside the range of (an area or boundary)
    • The school was located within the city limits.
  • Not further off than (used with distances)
    • Bob lives within a few miles of Walkersville High.
  • Occurring inside (a particular period of time)
    • The house sold out within two hours.