Definition of outstanding adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//aʊtˈstændɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//aʊtˈstændɪŋ//
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  1. 1  extremely good; excellent an outstanding player/achievement/success an area of outstanding natural beauty Synonymsexcellentoutstanding perfect superbThese words all describe something that is extremely good.excellent extremely good. Excellent is used especially about standards of service or of something that somebody has worked to produce:The rooms are excellent value at $20 a night. He speaks excellent English. Excellent is also used to show that you are very pleased about something or that you approve of something:You can all come? Excellent!outstanding extremely good. Outstanding is used especially about how well somebody does something or how good somebody is at something:an outstanding achievementperfect extremely good. Perfect is used especially about conditions or how suitable something is for a purpose:Conditions were perfect for walking. She came up with the perfect excuse.superb (informal) extremely good or impressive:The facilities at the hotel are superb.Patterns a(n) excellent/​outstanding/​perfect/​superb job/​performance a(n) excellent/​outstanding/​superb achievement really/​absolutely/​quite excellent/​outstanding/​perfect/​superb
  2. 2  [usually before noun] very obvious or important synonym prominent the outstanding features of the landscape
  3. 3(of payment, work, problems, etc.) not yet paid, done, solved, etc. She has outstanding debts of over £500. A lot of work is still outstanding. The negotiations failed to solve outstanding issues.
  4. Extra examples 75% of the amount originally borrowed is still outstanding. One option may be to leave the debt outstanding and extend the payment terms. That was a quite outstanding performance! Two or three tasks still remain outstanding. We decided to leave the debt outstanding. It was altogether an outstanding achievement. She’s one of their most outstanding young players. The valley has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They attribute their outstanding success to their parents’ unfailing support.
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