stand out

To stand out is to attract attention, either for the way you look or behave, or because you perform better at something than other people do. If you wear your mime costume to school, you'll definitely stand out.

Your pink hair and rainbow tights will help you to stand out in a crowd of sports fans or businesspeople, while a conservative suit would make you stand out in a group of circus clowns. You'll also stand out from your entire math class if you're the only one to get an A on the midterm. Someone who stands out by displaying excellence is sometimes called a standout.

Definitions of stand out
  1. verb
    be highly noticeable
    synonyms: jump, jump out, leap out, stick out
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    type of:
    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  2. verb
    distinguish oneself
    synonyms: excel, surpass
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    types:
    exceed, go past, overstep, pass, top, transcend
    be superior or better than some standard
    outrank, rank
    take precedence or surpass others in rank
    excel at, shine at
    be good at
  3. verb
    be stubborn in resolution or resistance
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    type of:
    hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
  4. verb
    steer away from shore, of ships
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    type of:
    channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
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