outstanding

adjective
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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Other Words from outstanding

outstandingly \ au̇t-​ˈstan-​diŋ-​lē , ˈau̇t-​ˌstan-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for outstanding

Synonyms

overdue, owed, owing, payable, unpaid, unsettled

Antonyms

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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Ross, an Alabama native who spurned his home state school for Clemson, made several outstanding and timely grabs. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Clemson uses big moments to topple Tide for title," 8 Jan. 2019 The 69-year-old actor took the stage after receiving the honor, which is given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything Jeff Bridges Said in the Unusual Golden Globes Speech That Had Everyone Talking," 7 Jan. 2019 The bill also mandates that schools contact families with outstanding balances and prevents schools from making students with delinquent lunch accounts work off their debt by cleaning the cafeteria. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 Sandra Oh is the only woman of color to receive an outstanding female performance nomination (for Female Actor in a Drama Series for her fantastic performance in Killing Eve) out of five categories and 25 possible slots. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Screen Actors Guild Nominated Just One Woman of Color for an Individual Acting Award," 12 Dec. 2018 If this year’s crop of athletes is any indication, there will be plenty of outstanding gymnasts to consider. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018 Everybody running for president on our side believed that Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were outstanding conservative jurists. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 Her outstanding seasons in both field hockey and lacrosse earned her the 2018 Towson Times Female Athlete of the Year award. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Dulaney High's Maggie Kelly is Towson Times Female Athlete of the Year," 13 July 2018 One of the biggest outstanding questions concerning Pruitt is whether criminal prosecutors are investigating Pruitt. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of outstanding

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outstanding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of outstanding

: extremely good or excellent

: easy to notice especially because of being important or very good

: not yet paid

outstanding

adjective
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

outstanding

adjective
out·​stand·​ing

Legal Definition of outstanding

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

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