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outstanding

[out-stan-ding] /ˌaʊtˈstæn dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
prominent; conspicuous; striking:
an outstanding example of courage.
2.
marked by superiority or distinction; excellent; distinguished:
an outstanding student.
3.
continuing in existence; remaining unsettled, unpaid, etc.:
outstanding debts.
4.
(of securities and the like) publicly issued and sold or in circulation.
5.
standing out; projecting:
a stiff, outstanding fabric.
6.
Archaic. that resists or opposes.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; outstand + -ing2
Related forms
outstandingly, adverb
outstandingness, noun
Synonyms
1. eminent. 3. owing, due.

outstand

[out-stand] /ˌaʊtˈstænd/
verb (used without object), outstood, outstanding.
1.
to be prominent.
verb (used with object), outstood, outstanding.
2.
to stay or remain beyond:
to outstand the hour.
Origin
1565-75; out- + stand
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British Dictionary definitions for outstanding

outstanding

/ˌaʊtˈstændɪŋ/
adjective
1.
superior; excellent; distinguished
2.
prominent, remarkable, or striking
3.
still in existence; unsettled, unpaid, or unresolved
4.
(of shares, bonds, etc) issued and sold
5.
projecting or jutting upwards or outwards
Derived Forms
outstandingly, adverb

outstand

/ˌaʊtˈstænd/
verb -stands, -standing, -stood
1.
(intransitive) to be outstanding or excel
2.
(intransitive) (nautical) to stand out to sea
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to last beyond
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Word Origin and History for outstanding
adj.

1610s, "projecting, prominent, detached," present participle adjective from outstand (v.) "endure successfully, hold out against," from out (adv.) + stand (v.). Figurative sense of "conspicuous, striking" is first recorded 1830. Meaning "unpaid, unsettled" is from 1797. Related: Outstandingly.

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