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It can be placed before the stem of many a word to produce verbs of a very distinctive kind! For example:

outdate, outgrow, outlay, outlive, outmatch, outnumber, outrun, outsmart, outsource, outstrip, outweight, outwit,...

Is there another preposition/adverb in the English language that when used as a prefix originates such a noticeable amount of new verbs? Is there a generic term that can be used to refer to preposition/adverbs of this persuasion?

Thanks a lot for your patience and continued support!

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    Sure, the other half of the pair: down ;) – Dan Bron May 7 '15 at 7:24
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    JHS, I second @DanBron, for instance, downvote! (JK) – Tushar Raj May 7 '15 at 7:26
  • @DanBron: What do you mean by "the other half of the pair"? – José Hdz. Stgo. May 7 '15 at 7:33
  • @J.H.S. I guess you've never been down and out? Anyway, more seriously, almost any directional word will function as a very productive prefix to form new verbs. – Dan Bron May 7 '15 at 7:37
  • It's unclear what your question really is. Are you simply playing a game to see how many words one can think of in this category? – Hot Licks May 7 '15 at 22:21
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Out is usable as an adverb, adjective or preposition.

Out is more frequently used as an adverb.

"outdate, outgrow, outlay, outlive, outmatch, outnumber, outrun, outsmart, outsource, outstrip, outweight, outwit" are all due to the adverbial action, rather than its prepositional effect.

  • update, upward, uplift, upcast, upon, uppity, upkeep, upgive, updive, uprising, uprise, uppent, upstream, upshift

  • overcome, overly, overbearing, overcast, overshadow, overconfident, overcast, overgrow, overlay, overrun, overfly, overkill, overdo, overeat, oversee, overuse

It's not over till it's over.

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    Upload, upshift, upsell ... etc. – David Garner May 7 '15 at 11:26
  • @Blessed Geek: It has to be noted, though, that none of the following words is considered a verb (as of today): upon, uprising, uppent, overly, overbearing... – José Hdz. Stgo. May 7 '15 at 21:20
  • You forgot "upchuck". – Hot Licks May 7 '15 at 22:20

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