Meaning of “quality” in the English Dictionary

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uk /ˈkwɒl.ə.ti/ us /ˈkwɑː.lə.t̬i/

quality noun (STANDARD)

B1 [ C or U ] how good or bad something is:

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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uk /ˈkwɒl.ə.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.

(Definition of “quality” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈkwɑl·ɪ·t̬i/

quality noun (EXCELLENCE)

[ U ] the degree of excellence of something, often a high degree of it:

Our company guarantees the quality of our merchandise.

[ 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 loves children and has the qualities of a good teacher.


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)

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uk /ˈkwɒləti/ us

[ 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 raises questions 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 cheap mass-produced stuff.
They sell organic products of the highest quality.
poor/low quality We were shocked at the poor quality of some of the furniture.
improve/decline in quality His line manager 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 brand name 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 educational qualifications.
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.


uk /ˈkwɒləti/ us

MARKETING of a high standard:

We ensure that only quality products are sold on our website.
a reputation for making quality fuel-efficient vehicles

(Definition of “quality” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Safeguarding the social function of the market is what makes the difference between free trade, pure and simple, and a system for improving people' s quality of life.
They cannot do this any longer because of the startling revelations this year about the wholly inadequate safety and quality control standards in operation at these plants.
A reign of terror pervades the countryside, and this cannot be allowed to continue, of course, because this affects the quality of life of the white and black population alike.
The incalculable risk as regards food quality will not be dramatically reduced in this way, as the information provided is not primarily intended for the consumer.
In any case, it is a shared concern, and therefore we must ensure that we provide high-quality training and that there is guidance available.
The second issue, which involves updating and tightening up the quality criteria, has, of course, been under discussion for months now.
We are talking about water and sanitation programmes which do so much to improve the quality of life of people in the townships and rural areas.
As a result, we are at risk of finding ourselves in a downward spiral, where the citizens' quality of life is pulled down with it.
In addition, we are considering the introduction of a regional cooperation programme which could focus on processing and conservation, quality standards and animal health.
High-quality vocational education and training must both respond to the demands of the labour market and create the conditions for workforce mobility.

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