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English definition of “standard”


noun (USUAL)    /ˈstæn.dəd/ US  /-dɚd/
[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
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