Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

out-

prefix
     
out-
1XX used to form nouns and adjectives from verbs that are followed by 'out':
an outbreak of flu (=from 'break out')
outspoken comments (=from 'speak out')
2 [in nouns and adjectives] outside or beyond something:
an outbuilding (=small building away from the main building)
outlying areas (=far from the centre)
3 [in verbs] being or becoming bigger, further, greater etc than someone or something else:
He's outgrown his clothes (=become too big for them).
She outlived her brother (=he died before her).
4 [in verbs] doing better than someone, so that you defeat them:
I can out-argue you any day.
She outran him.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary