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quality

noun uk   /ˈkwɒl.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˈkwɑː.lə.t̬i/

quality noun (STANDARD)

B1 [C or U] how good or bad something is: a shop advertising top quality electrical goods The food was of such poor/low quality. Their products are of very high quality. I only buy good-quality wine. The quality of the picture on our television isn't very good.B1 [U] a high standard: He's not interested in quality. All he cares about is making money.quality of life the level of enjoyment, comfort, and health in someone's life: My quality of life has improved tremendously since I moved to the country.
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quality noun (CHARACTERISTIC)

B2 [C] a characteristic or feature of someone or something: leadership qualities He has a lot of good qualities but being organized isn't one of them. [+ to infinitive] I don't think he has the right qualities to be a teacher. This cheese has a rather rubbery quality to it (= it is like rubber).
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quality

adjective uk   /ˈkwɒl.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˈkwɑː.lə.t̬i/
B1 [before noun] of a high standard: This is a quality product. mainly UK The story received little coverage in the quality papers (= more serious newspapers). [after verb] informal very good: That gig was quality.
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