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standard

adjective  /ˈstæn·dərd/ us  

standard adjective (USUAL)

usual or expected; not involving something special or extra: a standard contract I don’t work a standard, 35-hour week. The car came with an air conditioner and tape player as standard equipment. This is a standard medical text (= a commonly used medical book). A standard unit of measurement is an accepted method of measuring things of a similar type.

standard

noun [C]  /ˈstæn·dərd/ us  

standard noun [C] (LEVEL OF QUALITY)

something that others of a similar type are compared to or measured by, or the expected level of quality: moral/ethical/community standards That’s not their usual standard of service. The new standard will allow data to be sent over telephone wires at higher speeds.

standard noun [C] (SONG)

a song or piece of music that has been popular for many years and that musicians often perform

standard noun [C] (FLAG)

a flag used as the symbol of a person, group, or organization: Pete carried the troop’s standard in the parade.
(Definition of standard from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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