[ out-stan-ding ]
/ ˌaʊtˈstæn dɪŋ /


prominent; conspicuous; striking: an outstanding example of courage.
marked by superiority or distinction; excellent; distinguished: an outstanding student.
continuing in existence; remaining unsettled, unpaid, etc.: outstanding debts.
(of securities and the like) publicly issued and sold or in circulation.
standing out; projecting: a stiff, outstanding fabric.
Archaic. that resists or opposes.

Origin of outstanding

First recorded in 1605–15; outstand + -ing2

Related forms

out·stand·ing·ly, adverbout·stand·ing·ness, noun

Definition for outstanding (2 of 2)


[ out-stand ]
/ ˌaʊtˈstænd /

verb (used without object), out·stood, out·stand·ing.

to be prominent.

verb (used with object), out·stood, out·stand·ing.

to stay or remain beyond: to outstand the hour.

Origin of outstand

First recorded in 1565–75; out- + stand
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British Dictionary definitions for outstanding (1 of 2)


/ (ˌaʊtˈstændɪŋ) /


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

Derived Forms

outstandingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for outstanding (2 of 2)


/ (ˌaʊtˈstænd) /

verb -stands, -standing or -stood

(intr) to be outstanding or excel
(intr) nautical to stand out to sea
(tr) archaic to last beyond

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