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"standard" in British English

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standardnoun

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 ​judgessuccess by the same standards - some ​peoplethinkhappiness is more ​important than ​money. Her ​techniquebecame a standard against which all ​futuremethods were ​compared.C2 [C usually plural] a ​moralrule that should be ​obeyed: Most ​peopleagree that there are standards (of ​behaviour) that need to be ​upheld.
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standard noun (USUAL)

[C usually singular] a ​pattern or ​model that is ​generallyaccepted: This ​program is an ​industry standard for ​computers. [C] a ​song or other ​piece of ​music that has been ​popular and often ​played over a ​longperiod of ​time

standard noun (CAR)

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

standard noun (FLAG)

[C] a ​flag, ​especially a ​long, ​narrow one ​ending with two ​longpoints: the ​royal standard

standardadjective

uk   /ˈstæn.dəd/  us   /-dɚd/
B2 usualrather 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 ​handlingradioactivewaste. The ​metre is the standard ​unit for ​measuringlength in the SI ​system.mainly UK Your new TV comes with a two ​yearguarantee as standard.
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Language ​described as standard is the ​form of that ​language that is ​consideredacceptable and ​correct by most ​educatedusers of it: Most ​announcers on the BBC ​speak standard English. In Standard American, "​gotten" is used as a past ​participle of "get". [before noun] A standard ​book or ​writer is the one that is most ​commonlyread for ​information on a ​particularsubject: Her ​book is still a standard ​text in ​archaeology, ​even though it was written more than 20 ​years ago.
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(Definition of standard from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"standard" in American English

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standardadjective

 us   /ˈstæn·dərd/

standard adjective (USUAL)

usual or ​expected; not ​involving something ​special or ​extra: a standard ​contract I don’t ​work a standard, 35-hour ​week. The ​car came with an ​airconditioner and ​tapeplayer as standard ​equipment. This is a standard ​medicaltext (= a ​commonly used ​medicalbook). A standard ​unit of ​measurement is an ​acceptedmethod of ​measuring things of a ​similartype.

standardnoun [C]

 us   /ˈstæn·dərd/

standard noun [C] (LEVEL OF QUALITY)

something that ​others of a ​similartype are ​compared to or ​measured by, or the ​expectedlevel of ​quality: moral/​ethical/​community standards That’s not ​theirusual standard of ​service. The new standard will ​allowdata to be ​sent over ​telephonewires at ​higherspeeds.

standard noun [C] (SONG)

a ​song or ​piece of ​music that has been ​popular for many ​years and that ​musicians often ​perform

standard noun [C] (FLAG)

a ​flag used as the ​symbol of a ​person, ​group, or ​organization: Pete ​carried the troop’s standard in the ​parade.
(Definition of standard from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"standard" in Business English

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standardnoun

uk   us   /ˈstændəd/
[C or U] a ​level of ​quality that ​people expect and generally ​accept as ​normal: basic/high/low standard Their Customer Services is generally of a very high standard. Online form-completion is fast becoming the standard.achieve/meet/set a standard Banks in Hong Kong and China are setting the standard for ​customerservice in ​callcentres. Customers have ​witnessed the standard of ​servicesdecline while the ​profitability of the ​banks has ​escalated.by sb's/sth's standards At $80,000, the ​house is a ​bargain by American standards. The new ​probe is ​modest by modern ​spacetechnology standards.below/up to standard The ​electricalequipment was not up to standard. falling/​rising standards improve/​lower/​raise standards
[C] ( written abbreviation std.) MEASURES an ​officialrule, ​unit of ​measurement, or way of ​operating that is used in a particular ​area of ​manufacturing or ​services: a common/a global/an international standard MP3 is a ​recognizedglobal standard for audio ​encoding and ​compression. an accountancy/​industry/​legal standard Several ​states were given ​notice that they do not meet the standard for ozone ​levels. safety standards a federal/​government/​national standard enforce/​tighten standards

standardadjective

uk   us   /ˈstændəd/
normal or ​average: The ​pricequoted is for the standard ​size.standard practice/procedure The ​board has been careful to ​follow standard ​procedures and ​employmentlaw. The ​currentmodel comes with all these ​extrafeatures as standard.
( written abbreviation std.) MEASURES following a particular set of ​rules or ​measurements, without any ​changes or ​added details: standard ​contract/​letter/​replystandard format/size Candidates need to ​enter their ​expenditurerecords in a standard ​format on a Web-based ​form.
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[before noun] used by most ​people: It has become the standard ​text for all ​traineeaccountants.
(Definition of standard from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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