outstanding

adjective
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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Other Words from outstanding

outstandingly \ au̇t-​ˈstan-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce outstandingly (audio) , 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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That debt remains outstanding, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Revenue confirmed on Monday. James Queally, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer Michael Avenatti, accused of fraud and attempts to extort Nike, is arrested," 25 Mar. 2019 As of Sunday evening, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema led Republican Martha McSally by over thirty thousand votes and 1.5 percentage points — though more than 250,000 ballots remained outstanding. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The races that still haven’t been called in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 In Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted said 3,435 provisional ballots and 5,048 absentee ballots remained outstanding late Tuesday. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Uncounted Ballots to Decide Critical Ohio, Kansas Races," 8 Aug. 2018 Anthony Bourdain was nominated posthumously for an Emmy in the outstanding informational series or special category Thursday morning, giving him a chance to earn his fifth TV honor come September. Christie D'zurilla, latimes.com, "Anthony Bourdain nominated posthumously for 'Parts Unknown' Emmy," 12 July 2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Netflix comedy she co-created with Robert Carlock, is nominated for outstanding comedy series for the fourth year in a row. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "Tina Fey, Benj Pasek among Emmy nominees with Philly ties," 12 July 2018 Because the Heat's 2021 pick remains outstanding, the Heat currently are not allowed to trade their 2020 or 2022 first-round selections. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat exit NBA draft without a selection, NBA free agency up next," 22 June 2018 Kemp has one Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series for The Good Wife. Annie Howard, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Power' Creator Shares the Process of Killing Off a Character, Casting Diversity | Drama Showrunner Roundtable," 10 June 2018 Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Business Briefs for the Week of July 13-20," 13 July 2018

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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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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 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

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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