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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystand out
he/she/itstands out
present participlestanding out
past tensestood out
past participlestood out
  1. 1
    to be easy to see or notice because of being different
    stand out against:

    His turquoise tie stood out against his black suit.

    stand out from:

    Their old orange car stood out from all the rest.

    stand out in a crowd:

    Her bright clothes always make her stand out in a crowd.

  2. 2
    to be much more impressive or important than other people or things
    stand out as:

    Germany stands out as the leader in environmental reporting.

    stand out in your mind (=be remembered very clearly):

    It stands out in my mind as the most exciting day of my career.

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