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noun British English pronunciation: standard /ˈstændə(r)d/ 
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singularstandard
pluralstandards
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a level of quality or achievement, especially one that people generally consider normal or acceptable
    standard of:

    higher standards of service in hospitals

    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.

    below/not up to standard:

    The food was not up to standard.

    of a high/low standard:

    She always produces work of a high standard.

    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.

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