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noun standard pronunciation in American English /ˈstændərd/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a level of quality or achievement, especially one that people generally consider normal or acceptable
    raise/improve/lower standards: What can be done to raise standards in schools?
    meet/achieve/conform to/comply with standards: They must supply water that complies with medical health standards.
    set (someone) a standard: He sets himself high standards.
    Laurence Olivier set the standard for (=was the best example of) acting in the 20th century.
    of a high/low standard: She always produces work of a high standard.
    below/not up to standard: The food was not up to standard.
    standard of: higher standards of service in hospitals
    1. a.
      [countable] [usually plural] a level of quality or achievement used for judging someone or something
      The work must conform to industry standards.
      by any standard(s): The building was still magnificent by any standards.
      by someone’s/something’s standards: Getting up at 8 o’clock was early by her standards.
      The first computers were terribly slow by today’s standards.
  2. 2


    [plural] traditional principles of good behavior
    declining moral standards


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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