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"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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  • 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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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   us   /ˌaʊtˈstændɪŋ/
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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