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English definition of “standard”


noun [C]     /ˈstændəd/
QUALITY B2 a level of quality , especially a level that is acceptable : a high standard of service low safety standards His work was below standard (= not acceptable ). She sets very high standards for herself.Quality and standard
BEHAVIOUR a level of behaviour , especially a level that is acceptable : [usually plural] high moral standards → See also double standardQuality and standard
(Definition of standard noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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