Definition of outstanding
1 : standing out : projecting stood on an outstanding rock
2a : unpaid left several bills outstandingb : continuing to exist : unresolved a long outstanding problem in astronomy was arrested on … an outstanding warrant on a domestic violence charge — Kathy Hoganc 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
outstandinglyplay \au̇t-ˈstan-diŋ-lē, ˈau̇t-ˌstan-\ adverb
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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Synonym Discussion of outstanding
OUTSTANDING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of outstanding for English Language Learners
: extremely good or excellent
: easy to notice especially because of being important or very good
: not yet paid
OUTSTANDING Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of outstanding
1 : not paid had several outstanding debts
2 : publicly issued and sold a million shares outstanding
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