What does outstanding mean?

Definitions for outstanding
ˌaʊtˈstæn dɪŋout·stand·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word outstanding.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. outstandingadjective

    distinguished from others in excellence

    "did outstanding work in human relations"; "an outstanding war record"

  2. outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, strikingadjective

    having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

    "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"

  3. outstanding, owing(p), undischargedadjective

    owed as a debt

    "outstanding bills"; "the amount still owed"; "undischarged debts"

  4. great, outstandingadjective

    of major significance or importance

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


  1. Outstandingadjective

    Conspicuously excellent; markedly superior; distinguished.

  2. Outstandingadjective

    So prominent so as to attract notice; conspicuous; usually but not always in a good sense.


  1. outstandingadjective

    prominent or noticeable; standing out from others

  2. outstandingadjective

    distinguished from others by its superiority

  3. outstandingadjective

    projecting outwards

  4. outstandingadjective

    unresolved; not settled or finished

  5. outstandingadjective

    owed as a debt

  6. Etymology: From outstand, equivalent to.


  1. Outstanding

    "Outstanding" is a song originally performed by The Gap Band and written by member Raymond Calhoun. The song originally appeared on the group's platinum-selling 1982 album Gap Band IV. It is one of their signature songs and biggest hits, reaching the number one spot on the U.S. R&B Singles Chart in February 1983. "Outstanding" peaked at number fifty-one on the Hot 100.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'outstanding' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3282

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'outstanding' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3885

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'outstanding' in Adjectives Frequency: #443

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outstanding in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outstanding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of outstanding in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Kroker:

    We all agree that this can only be a the first step, there are international arrest warrants still outstanding against even higher-ranking persons and we hope and we dem and that these will be pursued.

  2. Peter Rice:

    Kimberly Godwin is an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made Kimberly Godwin the ideal choice to lead the outstanding team at ABC News and build on their incredible success.

  3. Courtney Ajinça:

    He wanted it to be perfect and in a place where she would be surrounded by friends and family. He thought the opening of her Bailey Wine Cellar would be ideal because she would be clueless, it was a beautiful and outstanding moment, not a dry eye in the place. I'm so happy for the both of them.

  4. Gene Lee:

    Our strong top-line results exceeded the industry this quarter resulting in significant market share gains, this sales performance, coupled with strong operating profit growth, is a testament to our strategy and the outstanding focus and execution by our restaurant teams who create exceptional dining experiences for our guests every day.

  5. Devin Nunes:

    This battle is guided by our intelligence community, which has the difficult task of gathering reliable information about terrorists who inhabit dangerous parts of the world. Although our intelligence is outstanding, it is not perfect.

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  • uitstaandeAfrikaans
  • معلقةArabic
  • pendent, excepcional, destacat, sobresortintCatalan, Valencian
  • fremragendeDanish
  • hervorstechend, ausstehend, hervorragend, herausragend, überstehend, hervorstehendGerman
  • εξαιρετικήGreek
  • elstaraEsperanto
  • excepcional, sobresaliente, pendiente, prominente, distinguido, destacado, extraordinarioSpanish
  • merkittävä, silmäänpistävä, maksamaton, esiinpistävä, erinomainen, huomattavaFinnish
  • débiteur, exceptionnel, saillant, hors pair, en suspensFrench
  • air lethScottish Gaelic
  • ard-yindyssaghManx
  • kiváló, megoldatlan, kiálló, kiemelkedőHungarian
  • luar biasaIndonesian
  • irrisolta, irrisolto, notevole, saliente, in pendenza, in sospesso, eccezionaleItalian
  • 傑出したJapanese
  • outstandingLatin
  • izcilsLatvian
  • kātuareheMāori
  • prominent, voortreffelijk, vooraanstaand, uitstaand, bijzonder, onopgelost, overhellendDutch
  • utstående, fremragende, uteståendeNorwegian
  • wybitny, doskonały, zaległy, znakomityPolish
  • saliente, destacado, excepcional, extraordinário, pendentePortuguese
  • extraordinareRomanian
  • знамени́тый, незауря́дный, выступа́ющий, неупла́ченный, выпира́ющийся, неопла́ченный, незако́нченный, невы́полненный, выдаю́щийся, торча́щийRussian
  • โดดเด่นThai
  • וואונדערבארYiddish

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    • A. embark
    • B. moan
    • C. signify
    • D. acclaim

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