Definition of stand out in US English:

stand out

phrasal verb

  • 1Project from a surface.

    ‘the veins in his neck stood out’
    • ‘He delivered this all with a wet smile and a charming crinkle in his eye and only the veins standing out in his neck mirrored the hostility of his words.’
    • ‘His back was aching, and the cords in his neck were standing out.’
    • ‘One gable jutted into the road with a projecting like window which stood out from the building like a glass box held together by a massive frame of wood.’
    • ‘I am bolt upright in bed, awake and trembling, the veins in my neck standing out like guy-ropes.’
    • ‘Her collarbones stood out below her neck, like a coat hanger.’
    • ‘She was careful not to stub her toes on the rocks that stood out above the surface of the sand.’
    • ‘I noticed her face: chalk-white, jaw set so rigid the tendons in her neck stood out.’
    • ‘He screeched the words, the tendons in his neck standing out with the strain.’
    • ‘I could see the veins stand out on his forehead and the sweat stream down his neck.’
    • ‘The use of crumbled or folded paper standing out from the plane surface of the canvas was a recurring motif of the Vanitas trompe l' oeil paintings.’
    project, stick out, bulge, bulge out, protrude, jut out, jut, extend, poke out, obtrude
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    1. 1.1 Be easily noticeable.
      ‘he was one of those men who stood out in a crowd’
      • ‘Chips stand out more on bright colors, so stick with sheer shades that don't require serious maintenance.’
      • ‘His spiky red hair makes him easily stand out in a crowd.’
      • ‘The project also has a plot of cannabis that manages to stand out even among all the other green plants.’
      • ‘He said because she was wearing lightweight summer clothing when she disappeared she would have easily stood out.’
      • ‘A matching cloak fluttered from around his neck, standing out in stark contrast to his golden hair.’
      • ‘On a smooth surface, a fingerprint can stand out on its own, refracting light differently than the surface below.’
      • ‘Certain landmarks and locations in London stand out and are very noticeable.’
      • ‘I developed a unique way to not be noticed or stand out.’
      • ‘Add a Christmas wreath, holly, and bright red rope, and you'll have a project that will stand out and can be seen from blocks away when flooded with bright, white spot lights.’
      • ‘Movie soundtracks fall into one of two camps - those you're not supposed to notice during the movie, and those that stand out loud and proud.’
      be noticeable, be noticed, be visible, be seen, be obvious, be conspicuous, stick out, be striking, be distinctive, be prominent, attract attention, catch the eye, leap out, show up
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    2. 1.2 Be clearly better or more significant than someone or something.
      ‘four issues stand out as being of crucial importance’
      • ‘As a big-match player whose centuries have proved a virtual guarantee of victory, he also stands out from many of his compatriots.’
      • ‘He easily stands out as the strongest character in the film.’
      • ‘It has a catchy chorus that you can easily sing along to and he has a voice that not many male singers have right now, so he stands out from the other male singers of today.’
      • ‘Innovation was what made a project stand out.’
      • ‘It stands out from other French rosé wines with its gustatory characteristics, its history and techniques.’
      • ‘He stands out from the majority of his young teammates, his individualism so strikingly visible.’
      • ‘One issue stands out from canvassing core Labour voters over more than four decades.’
      • ‘Our project will create the conditions for young drivers to stand out in world motorsport.’
      • ‘His study stands out from some of the other books that have appeared because he has spent most of his working life outside Australia without, however, losing touch with his birth-place.’
      • ‘An early chase scene involving a hijacked car-carrier is the third big chase scene to show up this summer, but easily stands out as the season's best.’
  • 2Persist in opposition or support of something.

    ‘she stood out against public opinion’
    ‘the company stood out for the product it wanted’
    • ‘Brave individuals and small organizations stood out against the prevailing developmental ethos.’
    • ‘But I was the first among the few who stood out for the successful candidate, who won with 63% of the vote in my province.’
    • ‘Bradford has a proud record of multi-cultural education and has stood out against higher fees for overseas students for a long time.’