Preposition Prefixes Out- Coming 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. • (Of an investment) Be more profitable than • Silver has outperformed the stock market.
Outsmart • To defeat or get the better of (someone) by being clever or cunning • The villains always think they can outsmart the superheros.
Outrage • 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.
Outbound • 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.
Outpatient • 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.
Upheaval • 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.
Upscale • 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.
Upkeep • 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.
Upstage • 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.
Uproot • 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) • 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) • 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.
Without • 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.
Within • 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.