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Definition of outstanding adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1extremely good; excellent an outstanding player/achievement/success an area of outstanding natural beauty Thesaurusexcellentoutstanding 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 someone 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 someone does something or how good someone is at something:an outstanding achievement She's an outstanding dancer.perfect 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 (formal) 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 absolutely 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.
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