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standard

noun uk   /ˈstæn.dəd/ us    /-dɚd/

standard noun (QUALITY)

B2 [C or U] a level of quality: This essay is not of an acceptable standard - do it again. This piece of work is below standard/is not up to standard. We have very high safety standards in this laboratory. Not everyone judges success by the same standards - some people think happiness is more important than money. Her technique became a standard against which all future methods were compared.Quality and standard C2 [C usually plural] a moral rule that should be obeyed: Most people agree that there are standards (of behaviour) that need to be upheld.Morality and rules of behaviour

standard noun (USUAL)

[C usually singular] a pattern or model that is generally accepted: This program is an industry standard for computers.Samples and examples [C] a song or other piece of music that has been popular and often played over a long period of timeMusical pieces

standard noun (CAR)

[C] US a car with gears that are changed by handCars

standard noun (FLAG)

[C] a flag, especially a long, narrow one ending with two long points: the royal standardFlags

standard

adjective uk   /ˈstæn.dəd/ us    /-dɚd/
B2 usual rather than special, especially when thought of as being correct or acceptable: White is the standard colour for this model of refrigerator. These are standard procedures for handling radioactive waste. The metre is the standard unit for measuring length in the SI system.mainly UK Your new TV comes with a two year guarantee as standard.
See also
Standard and routine
Language described as standard is the form of that language that is considered acceptable and correct by most educated users of it: Most announcers on the BBC speak standard English. In Standard American, 'gotten' is used as a past participle of 'get'.Forms of languages and specialist dialects [before noun] A standard book or writer is the one that is most commonly read for information on a particular subject: Her book is still a standard text in archaeology, even though it was written more than 20 years ago.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance
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