Definition of outstanding in English:



  • 1Exceptionally good.

    ‘the team's outstanding performance’
    • ‘The Sloan Prize honors the most outstanding recent basic science contribution to cancer research.’
    • ‘Her outstanding performance last weekend earned her this week's UW athlete of the week.’
    • ‘The award celebrates outstanding achievement made by students to their secondary schools and communities.’
    • ‘The current graduates had many outstanding performances by women.’
    • ‘Nepal is also, of course, a country of outstanding natural beauty.’
    • ‘There is an area of outstanding natural beauty right on the doorstep and it is blocked off because of the dangerous stepping stones.’
    • ‘Their comment on the play was that it was an outstanding performance.’
    • ‘The truly outstanding athlete always fights his way to the top, no matter what the odds.’
    • ‘It was a marvellous sporting moment following an outstanding performance.’
    • ‘With manic energy and a knack for voices, Bennett's performance is outstanding.’
    • ‘The Kettering Prize recognizes the most outstanding recent contribution to the diagnosis or treatment of cancer.’
    • ‘He has been outstanding in central defence so far this season.’
    • ‘To achieve this he is putting in place a bonus plan for the top 300 executives that will reward outstanding performance.’
    • ‘We should reduce air pollution and protect our areas of outstanding natural beauty against visual pollution.’
    • ‘I understood this land was an area of outstanding natural beauty.’
    • ‘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 Lake District National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is protected for the benefit of the nation as a whole.’
    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. 1.1Clearly noticeable.
      ‘works of outstanding banality’
      • ‘Even allowing for this, he remains the outstanding figure of early English history.’
      • ‘Lewis-Francis is the most obvious and outstanding product of his time.’
      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’
    • ‘And when you're reviewing your life insurance, remember to take into account any loans outstanding on your business.’
    • ‘The only circumstances in which they could call in all outstanding debts would be in the event of their own disbandment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He alleges there is no reason for a liquidator to take control over his outstanding debts because he is capable of paying it.’
    • ‘I own my home with a small amount outstanding on the mortgage.’
    • ‘From November 1996 on, a balance remained outstanding on his account.’
    • ‘She is entitled to be paid the full balance outstanding on her mortgage.’
    • ‘The group members plan to take a holiday in the sun, clear off a few outstanding bills and invest whatever is left.’
    • ‘This time, the hospital insisted he pay the bill in advance, together with the outstanding debt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They saw their only task as being to determine whether or not the amount of the assessment remained outstanding.’
    • ‘A significant amendment to the interest provision is that any interest now calculated may not exceed the capital amount outstanding.’
    • ‘By deciding to pay off only the interest, the repayments are much lower but the principal remains outstanding.’
    • ‘The government said it managed to reclaim about half of the outstanding debts without legal action.’
    • ‘He was unable to provide a final bill as a number of claims remain outstanding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It had no bank debt outstanding when the deal was signed late last week.’
    • ‘Fewer than 20 percent of participants had loans outstanding at the end of that year.’
    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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