stand out

stand out

  1. (intransitive) To be obvious or conspicuous, in contrast to the surroundings.
    Tourist guides often carry umbrellas so that they stand out in a crowd.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot (novel) Chapter VIII
      The path led straight across the clearing into another forest, lying upon the verge of which I saw a bit of white. It appeared to stand out in marked contrast and incongruity to all its surroundings, and when I stopped to examine it, I found that it was a small strip of muslin--part of the hem of a garment.
  2. (intransitive) To be extraordinary and different or to have features and qualities which make someone or something special.
    She stood out from the other candidates and was offered the job.
  3. (nautical) To sail in a direction away from shore.
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 23:
      The next day the breeze freshened and the Ibis duly stood out to sea.
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