View synonyms for outstanding


[ out-stan-ding ]


  1. prominent; conspicuous; striking:

    an outstanding example of courage.

    Synonyms: eminent

  2. marked by superiority or distinction; excellent; distinguished:

    an outstanding student.

  3. continuing in existence; remaining unsettled, unpaid, etc.:

    outstanding debts.

    Synonyms: due, owing

  4. (of securities and the like) publicly issued and sold or in circulation.
  5. standing out; projecting:

    a stiff, outstanding fabric.

  6. Archaic. that resists or opposes.


/ ˌaʊtˈstændɪŋ /


  1. superior; excellent; distinguished
  2. prominent, remarkable, or striking
  3. still in existence; unsettled, unpaid, or unresolved
  4. (of shares, bonds, etc) issued and sold
  5. projecting or jutting upwards or outwards

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Derived Forms

  • ˌoutˈstandingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • outstanding·ly adverb
  • outstanding·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of outstanding1

First recorded in 1605–15; outstand + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

The outstanding Jared Butler, the outstanding Davion Mitchell and the outstanding MaCio Teague had 223 college games between them before this season, and between them, they’re something.

A spokeswoman for the agency emphasized that it was not unusual to have outstanding or unpaid bills from companies.

They made big bets across channels to create and deliver outstanding content despite incredible production constraints.

From Digiday

At the same time, two-thirds of outstanding student loan debt is held by women.

From Time

Together, they create a sweater capable of providing outstanding insulation that stays comfortable when things heat up.

Reviews have been outstanding, with many film critics calling it one of the best films of the year.

This is both an outstanding work of scholarship and a commanding visual document.

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Because Wright was a no-show in criminal court to face the loud music and pot bust he already had an outstanding warrant.

A “komitetchik par excellence,” a man of “outstanding mediocrity,” and “the grave digger of the revolution.”

It has continued to be an outstanding institution for higher education in the United States.

The elevator company must keep on hand enough grain to meet all outstanding receipts.

The next outstanding incident of her life had happened two years later, when she was seventeen.

The Washington Monument here is considered an outstanding sculptural group.

(i) The gazetting of the outstanding regulations empowered by the 1934 and 1953 Amendment Acts.