out·stand·ing | \ au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ , 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, 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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The award recognizes continuous outstanding service to the community, district and Lions Clubs International. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Jesus Luzardo, Oakland Athletics Acquired in the trade that sent All-Star closer Sean Doolittle to the Nationals, Luzardo has a stellar 2.09 ERA with outstanding strikeout and walk rates in his first 121 2/3 minor league innings. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 MLB prospects to watch at the 2018 Futures Game," 13 July 2018 Runway Earlier this week, Sarah Paulson was nominated for an Emmy for her outstanding work on American Horror Story: Cult. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Sarah Paulson Is the Ultimate Prada Fan—She Proves It with a Star Turn in the Brand’s New Film," 13 July 2018 The investigation is in the preliminary stage, police said, but investigators believed all involved parties were accounted for and that there were no outstanding suspects. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Three people found dead in Redondo Beach residence after report of shooting," 12 July 2018 Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which won outstanding drama series in 2017 upon its debut, claimed another 20 nominations, including acting nods for its star, Elisabeth Moss, and its supporting actors. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Emmy Nominations 2018: Netflix Takes Over," 12 July 2018 James Bell received a plaque in recognition of his outstanding leadership. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Glenwood Lions Club recognizes police and fire heroes [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 12 July 2018 But guys really responded, did an outstanding job all game long. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Doug Pederson calls Eagles' win over 49ers 'pretty impressive'," 6 July 2018 There are no outstanding suspects but the investigation is ongoing. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Coroner identifies man killed in California neighborhood Saturday," 17 June 2018

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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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 \

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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