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

v be highly noticeable

jump, jump out, leap out, stick out
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

v distinguish oneself

excel, surpass
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

v be stubborn in resolution or resistance

Type of:
hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

v steer away from shore, of ships

Type of:
channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

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