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 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 These sells represent less than 1% of shares outstanding. David Trainer, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Going as far back as 2012, short interest in the stock had hit 50% of shares outstanding on multiple occasions, according to the SEC. Declan Harty, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2021 Still to come Monday is the prize for outstanding work in the field economics. Fox News, 8 Oct. 2021 Still to come Monday is the prize for outstanding work in the field economics. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Still to come Monday is the prize for outstanding work in the field economics. The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Oct. 2021 Still to come Monday is the prize for outstanding work in the field economics. Kiko Rosario, Frank Jordans And Vanessa Gera, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2021 Evergrande’s founder and chairman, Hui Ka Yan, and his wife control over three quarters of the company’s shares outstanding. Brian Spegele, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Over the coming days prizes will also be awarded for outstanding work in the fields of literature, peace and economics. NBC News, 6 Oct. 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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22 Oct 2021

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“Outstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outstanding. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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