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.

verb (used without object), out·stood, out·stand·ing.

  1. to be prominent.

verb (used with object), out·stood, out·stand·ing.

  1. to stay or remain beyond: to outstand the hour.


  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

verb -stands, -standing or -stood

  1. (intr) to be outstanding or excel
  2. (intr) nautical to stand out to sea
  3. (tr) archaic to last beyond

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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