Meaning of “outstanding” in the English Dictionary

"outstanding" in British English

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outstandingadjective

uk /ˌaʊtˈstæn.dɪŋ/ 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 natural beauty.
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  • The region is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.
  • Her outstanding performances set a new benchmark for singers throughout the world.
  • He produced the outstanding performance of the match.
  • He gave an outstanding speech to the other directors.
  • Passing her exams was an outstanding achievement.

outstanding adjective (NOT FINISHED)

not yet paid, solved, or done:

$450 million in outstanding debts
There are still a couple of problems outstanding.

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  • Any outstanding library fines must be paid before you can graduate.
  • There are a number of outstanding problems that still need to be resolved.
  • They believe that all the outstanding issues should fall within the ambit of the talks.
  • He calculated the difference between the outstanding debts and credits.
  • She used the money to pay off the outstanding amount on her mortgage.
outstandingly
adverb uk /ˌaʊtˈstæn.dɪŋ.li/ us /ˌaʊtˈstæn.dɪŋ.li/

He was an outstandingly successful mayor 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 credit cards 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 /ˌaʊtˈstændɪŋ/ us

FINANCE an outstanding debt has not yet been paid:

Most of the proceeds from the house sale were used to pay the outstanding mortgage.
an outstanding debt/balance

FINANCE used to talk about the total number of shares held by a company's shareholders at a particular time:

As of July 23, the chip maker 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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