Definition of outstanding in English:

outstanding

adjective

  • 1Exceptionally good:

    ‘the team's outstanding performance’
    • ‘Nepal is also, of course, a country of outstanding natural beauty.’
    • ‘The Lake District National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is protected for the benefit of the nation as a whole.’
    • ‘We should reduce air pollution and protect our areas of outstanding natural beauty against visual pollution.’
    • ‘With manic energy and a knack for voices, Bennett's performance is outstanding.’
    • ‘Her outstanding performance last weekend earned her this week's UW athlete of the week.’
    • ‘To achieve this he is putting in place a bonus plan for the top 300 executives that will reward outstanding performance.’
    • ‘It was a marvellous sporting moment following an outstanding performance.’
    • ‘The truly outstanding athlete always fights his way to the top, no matter what the odds.’
    • ‘Comparing today's outstanding performers with those of yesteryear is always a provocative exercise.’
    • ‘Their comment on the play was that it was an outstanding performance.’
    • ‘He was their truly outstanding player both defensively and in attack.’
    • ‘The award celebrates outstanding achievement made by students to their secondary schools and communities.’
    • ‘I understood this land was an area 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.’
    • ‘He has been outstanding in central defence so far this season.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The statement said the ship's visit to America would be an outstanding success.’
    • ‘The Sloan Prize honors the most outstanding recent basic science contribution to cancer research.’
    • ‘The current graduates had many outstanding performances by women.’
    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
    excellent, marvellous, magnificent, superb, fine, wonderful, superlative, exceptional, formidable, first-class, first-rate, virtuoso, skilful, masterful, masterly
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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’
    • ‘By deciding to pay off only the interest, the repayments are much lower but the principal remains outstanding.’
    • ‘A significant amendment to the interest provision is that any interest now calculated may not exceed the capital amount 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.’
    • ‘The bank has a counterclaim against Mrs Frost for the sums still outstanding.’
    • ‘They saw their only task as being to determine whether or not the amount of the assessment remained outstanding.’
    • ‘It had no bank debt outstanding when the deal was signed late last week.’
    • ‘And when you're reviewing your life insurance, remember to take into account any loans outstanding on your business.’
    • ‘He was unable to provide a final bill as a number of claims remain outstanding.’
    • ‘He alleges there is no reason for a liquidator to take control over his outstanding debts because he is capable of paying it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is entitled to be paid the full balance outstanding on her mortgage.’
    • ‘Fewer than 20 percent of participants had loans outstanding at the end of that year.’
    • ‘If it is discovered that there is an outstanding debt from either of the two companies the sum will be pursued.’
    • ‘And if you have old debts, pay them up, until you are free of outstanding financial debts.’
    • ‘The only circumstances in which they could call in all outstanding debts would be in the event of their own disbandment.’
    • ‘From November 1996 on, a balance remained outstanding on his account.’
    • ‘He went to collect a long outstanding debt before returning to England for good.’
    • ‘I own my home with a small amount outstanding on the mortgage.’
    • ‘This time, the hospital insisted he pay the bill in advance, together with the outstanding debt.’
    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/