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"quality" in British English

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qualitynoun

uk   /ˈkwɒl.ə.ti/  us   /ˈkwɑː.lə.t̬i/
  • quality noun (STANDARD)

B1 [C or U] how good or ​bad something is: a ​shopadvertisingtop quality ​electricalgoods 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 ​ourtelevision 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 ​improvedtremendously 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 ​ratherrubbery quality to it (= it is like ​rubber).

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qualityadjective

uk   /ˈkwɒl.ə.ti/  us   /ˈkwɑː.lə.t̬i/
(Definition of quality from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quality" in American English

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qualitynoun

 us   /ˈkwɑl·ɪ·t̬i/
  • quality noun (EXCELLENCE)

[U] the ​degree of ​excellence of something, often a high ​degree of it: Our ​companyguarantees the quality of ​ourmerchandise.
[U] Quality often refers to how good or ​bad something is: The ​fabric was of the ​highest quality.
  • quality noun (CHARACTERISTIC)

[C] a ​characteristic or ​feature of someone or something: We’re ​looking for someone who ​loveschildren and has the qualities of a good ​teacher.

qualityadjective

 us   /ˈkwɑl·ɪ·t̬i/
  • quality adjective (EXCELLENT)

of a high ​standard; ​excellent: This is a quality ​product.
(Definition of quality from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"quality" in Business English

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qualitynoun

uk   us   /ˈkwɒləti/
[C or U] how good or ​bad something is: quality of sth We constantly ​seek to ​improve the quality of ​service we give to our ​customers. This ​raisesquestions about the quality of ​management within the ​company. We've been very happy with the quality of ​work they have ​delivered in recent months.good/top/high quality British toys used to be good quality, not ​cheapmass-produced stuff. They ​sellorganicproducts of the ​highest quality.poor/low quality We were shocked at the ​poor quality of some of the furniture.improve/decline in quality His ​linemanager believes his ​work had ​declined in quality.picture/build/sound quality This ​type of TV ​delivers stunning ​picture quality.
[U] a high ​standard: They ​claim their ​brandname is a ​guarantee of quality. The ​company is ​committed to quality.
[C, usually plural] a good ​feature of a person's ​character: She has ​demonstrated great leadership qualities in continuing the company's ​success through a very difficult ​year. Personal qualities and ​commitment are more important for the ​job than ​educationalqualifications. Inspectors ​normally need a degree, but ​exceptions are occasionally made for ​candidates with the ​right qualities.
[C] a characteristic or ​feature of something, that makes it different from other things: What qualities would you expect a German ​car to have? We will ​combine the best qualities of both ​companies with a ​focus on our future, not our past.

qualityadjective

uk   us   /ˈkwɒləti/
MARKETING of a high ​standard: We ensure that only quality ​products are ​sold on our ​website. a ​reputation for making quality ​fuel-efficientvehicles
(Definition of quality from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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