out·​stand·​ing au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce outstanding (audio)
: standing out : projecting
stood on an outstanding rock
: unpaid
left several bills outstanding
: continuing to exist : unresolved
a long outstanding problem in astronomy
was arrested on … an outstanding warrant on a domestic violence chargeKathy Hogan
of securities : publicly issued and sold
has 20,000 shares outstanding
: standing out from a group : conspicuous
There are some outstanding exceptions to this rule.
: marked by eminence and distinction
an outstanding student
an outstanding achievement
au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ-lē How to pronounce outstanding (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of outstanding in a Sentence

Tonight we will honor the school's most outstanding students. You did an outstanding job on the project. the outstanding quality of your work a wine that is outstanding in quality As a president, he was outstanding in many ways. Her novels are outstanding for their complex characters and interesting plots. The painting is an outstanding example of the artist's style. Outstanding among the menu items were the tomato soup and the swordfish. She had several outstanding parking tickets in her car. He left a balance of 50 dollars outstanding on his account.
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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstanding. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


out·​stand·​ing -ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce outstanding (audio)
: sticking out : projecting
: not yet paid : unpaid
outstanding bills
: continuing in being : unresolved
problems outstanding
: attracting notice especially because of excellence
an outstanding scholar
outstandingly adverb

Legal Definition


: not paid
had several outstanding debts
: publicly issued and sold
a million shares outstanding

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