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outstanding

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adjective out·stand·ing \au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ, ˈau̇t-ˌ\

Simple Definition of outstanding

  • : extremely good or excellent

  • : easy to notice especially because of being important or very good

  • : not yet paid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of outstanding

  1. 1 :  standing out :  projecting

  2. 2 a :  unpaid <left several bills outstanding> b :  continuing to exist :  unresolved <a long outstanding problem in astronomy> c of securities :  publicly issued and sold

  3. 3 a :  standing out from a group :  conspicuous b :  marked by eminence and distinction

outstandingly

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Examples of outstanding in a sentence

  1. Tonight we will honor the school's most outstanding students.

  2. You did an outstanding job on the project.

  3. the outstanding quality of your work

  4. a wine that is outstanding in quality

  5. As a president, he was outstanding in many ways.

  6. Her novels are outstanding for their complex characters and interesting plots.

  7. The painting is an outstanding example of the artist's style.

  8. Outstanding among the menu items were the tomato soup and the swordfish.

  9. She had several outstanding parking tickets in her car.

  10. He left a balance of 50 dollars outstanding on his account.



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First Known Use of outstanding

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Synonym Discussion of outstanding

noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation <a piano recital with no noticeable errors>. remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment <a film of remarkable intelligence and wit>. prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background <a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town>. outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind <honored for her outstanding contributions to science>. conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind <conspicuous bureaucratic waste>. salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it <the salient points of the speech>. striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision <the region's striking poverty>.


OUTSTANDING Defined for Kids

outstanding

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adjective out·stand·ing \au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ\

Definition of outstanding for Students

  1. 1 :  standing out especially because of excellence <an outstanding musician> <an outstanding job>

  2. 2 :  unpaid <outstanding bills>

outstandingly

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Law Dictionary

outstanding

adjective out·stand·ing

Legal Definition of outstanding

  1. 1 :  not paid <had several outstanding debts>

  2. 2 :  publicly issued and sold <a million shares outstanding>





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