Definition of outstanding in English:

outstanding

adjective

  • 1Exceptionally good.

    ‘the team's outstanding performance’
    • ‘I understood this land was an area of outstanding natural beauty.’
    • ‘The award celebrates outstanding achievement made by students to their secondary schools and communities.’
    • ‘The truly outstanding athlete always fights his way to the top, no matter what the odds.’
    • ‘He has been outstanding in central defence so far this season.’
    • ‘Comparing today's outstanding performers with those of yesteryear is always a provocative exercise.’
    • ‘He was their truly outstanding player both defensively and in attack.’
    • ‘The statement said the ship's visit to America would be an outstanding success.’
    • ‘Castletown has again produced an outstanding performance in the competition.’
    • ‘The Kettering Prize recognizes the most outstanding recent contribution to the diagnosis or treatment of cancer.’
    • ‘Her outstanding performance last weekend earned her this week's UW athlete of the week.’
    • ‘Their comment on the play was that it was an outstanding performance.’
    • ‘With manic energy and a knack for voices, Bennett's performance is outstanding.’
    • ‘The Sloan Prize honors the most outstanding recent basic science contribution to cancer research.’
    • ‘Nepal is also, of course, a country of outstanding natural beauty.’
    • ‘We should reduce air pollution and protect our areas of outstanding natural beauty against visual pollution.’
    • ‘The Lake District National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is protected for the benefit of the nation as a whole.’
    • ‘It was a marvellous sporting moment following an outstanding performance.’
    • ‘To achieve this he is putting in place a bonus plan for the top 300 executives that will reward outstanding performance.’
    • ‘There is an area of outstanding natural beauty right on the doorstep and it is blocked off because of the dangerous stepping stones.’
    • ‘The current graduates had many outstanding performances by women.’
    excellent, marvellous, magnificent, superb, fine, wonderful, superlative, exceptional, formidable, first-class, first-rate, virtuoso, skilful, masterful, masterly
    remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, striking, eye-catching, vivid, arresting, impressive, distinctive, unforgettable, catchy, haunting, indelible, never to be forgotten, not to be forgotten, memorable, signal, special, momentous, monumental, significant, historic, notable, noteworthy, important, consequential, distinguished, pre-eminent, eminent, well known, famous, famed, celebrated, renowned, notorious, illustrious
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    1. 1.1 Clearly noticeable.
      ‘works of outstanding banality’
      • ‘Lewis-Francis is the most obvious and outstanding product of his time.’
      • ‘Even allowing for this, he remains the outstanding figure of early English history.’
      easily seen, clear, visible, clearly visible, standing out, noticeable, observable, discernible, perceptible, perceivable, detectable
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  • 2Not yet paid, resolved, or dealt with.

    ‘much of the work is still outstanding’
    ‘Julian's outstanding debts’
    • ‘From November 1996 on, a balance remained outstanding on his account.’
    • ‘If it is discovered that there is an outstanding debt from either of the two companies the sum will be pursued.’
    • ‘He went to collect a long outstanding debt before returning to England for good.’
    • ‘A significant amendment to the interest provision is that any interest now calculated may not exceed the capital amount outstanding.’
    • ‘They saw their only task as being to determine whether or not the amount of the assessment remained outstanding.’
    • ‘She is entitled to be paid the full balance outstanding on her mortgage.’
    • ‘The bank has a counterclaim against Mrs Frost for the sums still outstanding.’
    • ‘And if you have old debts, pay them up, until you are free of outstanding financial debts.’
    • ‘It had no bank debt outstanding when the deal was signed late last week.’
    • ‘The group members plan to take a holiday in the sun, clear off a few outstanding bills and invest whatever is left.’
    • ‘The government said it managed to reclaim about half of the outstanding debts without legal action.’
    • ‘He alleges there is no reason for a liquidator to take control over his outstanding debts because he is capable of paying it.’
    • ‘The only circumstances in which they could call in all outstanding debts would be in the event of their own disbandment.’
    • ‘This time, the hospital insisted he pay the bill in advance, together with the outstanding debt.’
    • ‘In most cases a judge will attempt to help both the borrower and the lender reach an agreement about how the outstanding debt can best be discharged.’
    • ‘And when you're reviewing your life insurance, remember to take into account any loans outstanding on your business.’
    • ‘Fewer than 20 percent of participants had loans outstanding at the end of that year.’
    • ‘By deciding to pay off only the interest, the repayments are much lower but the principal remains outstanding.’
    • ‘I own my home with a small amount outstanding on the mortgage.’
    • ‘He was unable to provide a final bill as a number of claims remain outstanding.’
    to be done, undone, not done, neglected, omitted, unattended to, unfinished, incomplete, left, remaining, pending, ongoing
    unpaid, unsettled, owing, owed, to be paid, payable, receivable, due, overdue, undischarged, in arrears, in the red
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Pronunciation

outstanding

/aʊtˈstandɪŋ/