out·​stand·​ing | \ au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce outstanding (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˌstan- \

Definition of outstanding

1 : standing out : projecting stood on an outstanding rock
2a : unpaid left several bills outstanding
b : continuing to exist : unresolved a long outstanding problem in astronomy was arrested on … an outstanding warrant on a domestic violence charge— Kathy Hogan
c of securities : publicly issued and sold has 20,000 shares outstanding
3a : standing out from a group : conspicuous There are some outstanding exceptions to this rule.
b : marked by eminence and distinction an outstanding student an outstanding achievement

Other Words from outstanding

outstandingly \ au̇t-​ˈstan-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce outstanding (audio) , ˈau̇t-​ˌstan-​ \ adverb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Mission Viejo’s offense is expected to be outstanding because of quarterback Kadin Semonza and returning receivers Mikey Matthews, KJ Reed and and Jackson Holman. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 His performance is outstanding, his film study, everything. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Officials said county staff worked through the night to count ballots, and by 1:30 p.m. Wednesday about 8,000 were outstanding. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 Its Pain Killer Belgian Tripel is outstanding, though the Bruiseberry Kettle Sour and Praise the Sun Saison also could be worth trying this weekend. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2022 The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement, character and citizenship. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2022 But the type of leverage, or debt firms owe to each other, is just as important as how much is outstanding. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 23 June 2022 Fox, 81, received the BMI Richard Kirk Award for outstanding life achievement in 1992. Paul Grein, Billboard, 22 June 2022 HBO Max won for outstanding achievement in nonfiction programming by a network or streaming platform, while Bravo was the most awarded network of the evening, with five wins. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outstanding

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outstanding was in 1611

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“Outstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstanding. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for outstanding


out·​stand·​ing | \ au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce outstanding (audio) \

Kids Definition of outstanding

1 : standing out especially because of excellence an outstanding musician an outstanding job
2 : unpaid outstanding bills

Other Words from outstanding

outstandingly adverb



Legal Definition of outstanding

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

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