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"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 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.

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 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 shop advertising top quality electrical goods 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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qualityadjective

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

"quality" in Business English

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qualitynoun

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.

qualityadjective

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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