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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Anthony Gumina, 44, was arrested on an outstanding no bail warrant for domestic violence Friday, according to the sheriff's office. Artemis Moshtaghian And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "The husband of a missing mother from California has been arrested in her death, sheriff's office says," 9 Sep. 2019 The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said Saturday on Facebook that Anthony Gumina, 44, was initially arrested on an outstanding no-bail warrant for domestic violence. Fox News, "Remains of missing California mother of 3 discovered, husband arrested, sheriff's office says," 9 Sep. 2019 Attorneys provide free legal services that range from relieving child support debt to clearing old traffic tickets and outstanding arrest warrants. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Some Michigan prisoners rack up tens of thousands in debt. It's avoidable.," 5 Sep. 2019 Officers located the man a short distance away and subsequently arrested him on multiple outstanding warrants. oregonlive, "Moonlighting clown builds house in storage unit: Forest Grove police log," 5 Sep. 2019 This is the mugshot of Quinn Scaggs, 18 who was arrested for outstanding warrants and in connection with two hotel robberies over the weekend (Police Blotter #27163 https://t.co/CjbvRozC9M). Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Teen accused of escaping Golden juvenile detention facility, stealing vehicle charged with felonies," 3 Sep. 2019 Sheriff’s court services deputies fanned out across San Diego on Saturday and arrested 36 people with outstanding warrants, authorities said. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warrant sweep in San Diego nets 36 arrests, 2 stolen vehicles," 17 Aug. 2019 Bond had not yet been set for Patrick Polk, who was arrested on several outstanding warrants and later admitted to the attack that took place Friday in the 800 block of Exposition Avenue in the Fair Park neighborhood, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "24-year-old man arrested in sexual assault on woman in her Fair Park area apartment," 3 Aug. 2019 In addition to the charges against Hill and Thomas, one of the other four people outside the vehicle was released and the fourth was held for an outstanding warrant in another municipality. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Bessemer police officer accused of obstruction in Gardendale officer-involved shooting," 19 July 2019

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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