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 Dictionary entry overview: What does outstanding mean? 

OUTSTANDING (adjective)
  The adjective OUTSTANDING has 4 senses:

1. distinguished from others in excellence
2. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
3. owed as a debt
4. of major significance or importance

  Familiarity information: OUTSTANDING used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

OUTSTANDING (adjective)

Sense 1outstanding [BACK TO TOP]


Distinguished from others in excellence

Context examples:

did outstanding work in human relations / an outstanding war record


superior (of high or superior quality or performance)

Sense 2outstanding [BACK TO TOP]


Having a quality that thrusts itself into attention


prominent; salient; outstanding; striking; spectacular

Context examples:

an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom / a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book / salient traits / a spectacular rise in prices / a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center / a striking resemblance between parent and child


conspicuous (obvious to the eye or mind)

Sense 3outstanding [BACK TO TOP]


Owed as a debt


owing; undischarged; owed; outstanding

Context examples:

outstanding bills / the amount still owed / undischarged debts


unpaid (not paid)

Sense 4outstanding [BACK TO TOP]


Of major significance or importance


great; outstanding

Context examples:

a great work of art / Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey


important; of import (of great significance or value)

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