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"outstanding" in British English

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outstandingadjective

uk   us   /ˌaʊtˈstæn.dɪŋ/
  • outstanding adjective (EXCELLENT)

B2 clearly very much ​better than what is ​usual: an outstanding ​performance/​writer/​novel/​year It's an ​area of outstanding ​naturalbeauty.
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  • outstanding adjective (NOT FINISHED)

not ​yetpaid, ​solved, or done: $450 million in outstanding ​debts There are still a ​couple of ​problems outstanding.

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outstandingly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
He was an outstandingly ​successfulmayor from 1981 to 1984.
(Definition of outstanding from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"outstanding" in American English

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outstandingadjective

 us   /ˌɑʊtˈstæn·dɪŋ, ˈɑʊtˌstæn-/
  • outstanding adjective (EXCELLENT)

very much ​better than ​usual; ​excellent: You’ve done an outstanding ​job.
  • outstanding adjective (NOT FINISHED)

not ​yet done, ​solved, or ​paid: My ​creditcards usually have an outstanding ​balance.
(Definition of outstanding from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"outstanding" in Business English

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outstandingadjective

uk   us   /ˌaʊtˈstændɪŋ/
FINANCE an outstanding ​debt has not yet been ​paid: Most of the ​proceeds from the ​housesale were used to ​pay the outstanding ​mortgage. an outstanding ​debt/​balance
FINANCE used to ​talk about the ​totalnumber of ​sharesheld by a company's ​shareholders at a particular ​time: As of July 23, the ​chipmaker had about 12.3 million ​shares outstanding. outstanding ​shares/securities/​stock
an outstanding problem or ​subject has not been solved or discussed: We still have some outstanding ​issues to discuss.
(Definition of outstanding from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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