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

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for outstanding


overdue, owed, owing, payable, unpaid, unsettled


cleared, liquidated, paid (off or up), repaid, settled

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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.
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To make an already outstanding look even better, Anderson joined in on the fun by dressing up as Daenerys' on-off lover (and, uh, nephew), Jon Snow. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "A Makeup Artist Transformed Himself Into Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones', and the Results Are Stunning," 12 May 2019 Saturday evening the New York Hilton Midtown played host to the annual GLAAD Media Awards, which honors outstanding representations of the LGBTQ+ community in different forms of media. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Everyone From Sarah Jessica Parker to Carrie Dragshaw Came Out to Support Madonna at the GLAAD Awards," 8 May 2019 Bronny is considered an outstanding youth basketball player. Nathan Fenno, latimes.com, "Congressman's welcome to LeBron James: 'Prepare to pay the highest taxes you ever have in your career!!'," 3 July 2018 She was also known as an outstanding bridge player among her lady’s bridge clubs in Ft. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 Helix High outfielder Eric Smelko was named the most outstanding player as the South swept the North last weekend in the three-game North-South Series at UC San Diego. John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Local players excel in baseball showcase," 18 June 2018 The buzz: Hall of Fame inductee who was chosen by AP as the outstanding player of the 1930s... Led Detroit to NFL championship in 1935... Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Greatest Detroit Lions player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT," 11 June 2018 He was known as a tenacious rebounder, and was named most outstanding player in the Big East Tournament in 1999, the year UConn won the NCAA title for the first time. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Kevin Freeman Leaving UConn To Be Assistant Coach At Penn State," 30 May 2018 When Defy shut down, creators stopped getting checks, and were left with no clear path to recover outstanding debts. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube creators blindsided by major network’s collapse," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of outstanding

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outstanding

: extremely good or excellent
: easy to notice especially because of being important or very good
: not yet paid


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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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