- extend beyond or above a surface
- straightforwardly perceptible, obvious, or noticed
- be obviously preferable or more prominent than somebody or someone
- persist in favour or protest of something
- to support or protest something openly
- The blood vessels in the back of his right leg stood out.
- Orange is the one colour that stands out anywhere.
- They registered more than a hundred complaints, but only five stood out as being of crucial importance.
- In a country filled with docile adults who are only too glad be led like lambs to a slaughter, her courage remains admirable, as she continues to stand out against popular opinions.
- The next day of planting the seeds, the green sprouts were standing out of the soil.
- A glass-coated kite string made in China, killed a little girl by cutting into neck in India when she stood out of the sunroof of her moving car.
Stand out was first in the context of projecting from a surface in the first half of the 1500s to describe reliefs of some buildings. In the late 1500s, its use to show taking a stance for or against something started becoming popular. This was as a result of the number of protests that took place in that era. Then, in the Mid-1800s, its use to depict noticeability and prominence began to emerge, as it was used to describe the aristocratic men in that time.As the years went by, it found its way to our day to day vocabulary.
- be obvious
- be prominent
- show up
- be conspicuous
- stick out
- be clear
- be noticeable
- be notable
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