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 outstanding (audio) , ˈau̇t-​ˌstan-​ \ adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Stevenson was named most outstanding offensive player in the Cotton Bowl in 2020, when Oklahoma thumped Florida, 55-20. BostonGlobe.com, "Things to know about ‘battering ram’ Rhamondre Stevenson, the Patriots’ newest running back," 1 May 2021 The Goldy's Cup goes to the winner, and the Sid Hartman Spring Game MVP goes to the outstanding player. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers spring game at a glance," 1 May 2021 Bane is also an outstanding catch-and-shoot perimeter player, making 47.8% of his 3s, according to NBA stats, in C-&-S situations. Sean Deveney, Forbes, "In A Season Of Insults, Losing Top Shooter Ranks High For Boston Celtics," 28 Apr. 2021 Butler, a junior guard, was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Jared Butler, Baylor made a statement against Gonzaga, showed Bears’ backcourt is best in the nation," 6 Apr. 2021 Butler made four 3-pointers and added seven assists, and was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player. Eddie Pells, Anchorage Daily News, "Baylor obliterates Gonzaga to win NCAA men’s basketball title," 6 Apr. 2021 Butler made four 3-pointers and added seven assists, and was named the Final Four's most outstanding player. Eddie Pells, Chron, "Baylor beatdown: Bears win title by routing Gonzaga," 6 Apr. 2021 Junior guard Jared Butler, one of five finalists for the Wooden Award for the nation's outstanding player, leads Baylor in scoring. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Final Four: Gonzaga's the favorite, but all the teams have great basketball stories to tell," 3 Apr. 2021 Bueckers became the first freshman to win the Naismith Trophy, awarded to the nation’s most outstanding player, on Saturday afternoon. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "UConn’s Paige Bueckers first freshman to win Naismith Trophy for nation’s top women’s basketball player," 3 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstanding. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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