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noun quality pronunciation in American English /ˈkwɑləti/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a feature of a substance or material
    the addictive qualities of tobacco
    1. a.
      a feature of a persons character, especially when it is a positive one such as honesty, kindness, or a special ability
      What is the quality you most admire in others?
      leadership qualities (=the ability to be a good leader): a woman with strong leadership qualities
    2. b.
      a feature of a place
      a city of unique qualities
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the quality of something is how good or bad it is
    This cut in funding will adversely affect the quality of education in our schools.
    high/good/top quality: The food is top quality.
    poor/bad quality: poor-quality workmanship
    1. a.
      [uncountable] a high standard
      a company with a reputation for quality and reliability


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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