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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Desmond Meade, executive director of the FRRC, has been fundraising for the purpose of paying off felons' outstanding payments, pulling in about $7 million so far. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Moody wants investigation into Bloomberg donations to pay off Florida felons’ fines," 23 Sep. 2020 Police reported that there were no outstanding suspects and that school lockdowns had been lifted. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "Person injured in shooting in Chandler; suspect surrenders to police," 23 Sep. 2020 Ant currently has about 27 billion shares outstanding. Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg.com, "Ant Plans $17.5 Billion Hong Kong IPO, No Cornerstones," 23 Sep. 2020 Brock Purdy had an outstanding 2019 season, setting single-season school records in passing yards (3,982), passing touchdowns (27), completions (312), total offensive yards (4,231) and 300-yard passing games (6). Katherine Griffith, Dallas News, "5 things TCU fans need to know about Iowa State: Cyclones coming off a loss, have record-setter at QB," 23 Sep. 2020 Roughly 90 percent of outstanding parking and photo citation debts in the District are owed by vehicles registered out-of-state, and 72 percent of those vehicles are registered in Maryland and Virginia, according to the city. Washington Post, "D.C. Council to vote on Vision Zero bill aimed at reducing traffic fatalities," 22 Sep. 2020 Farber, a trustee of Fotis Dulos' estate, has filed suit against Pattis in Hartford Superior Court and, before his death, sued Dulos for over more than $2 million in outstanding loans. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Fotis Dulos' estate reaches settlement of legal fee dispute with his attorney -- but mother of missing mom Jennifer Farber Dulos opposes the deal," 22 Sep. 2020 Devin Williams took over for Anderson in the seventh and continued his outstanding work with a scoreless two-inning stint. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Reds 2: Eric Sogard delivers a key hit and Brett Anderson a strong start," 22 Sep. 2020 Succession ended up taking home several major awards during the ceremony, including accolades for directing, writing, lead actor (Jeremy Strong) and for outstanding drama series. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Succession Star Sarah Snook Shows Off a Homemade Tin-Foil Trophy at 2020 Emmys," 21 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'outstanding.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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27 Sep 2020

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“Outstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstanding. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce outstanding (audio)

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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