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Definition of quality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    quality

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkwɒləti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɑːləti//
     
    (pl. qualities)
     
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is to be of good/poor/top quality goods of a high quality high-quality goods a decline in water quality When costs are cut product quality suffers. Their quality of life improved dramatically when they moved to France.
  2. 2  [uncountable] a high standard synonym excellence contemporary writers of quality We aim to provide quality at reasonable prices. Get it right, even if it takes time; it's quality not quantity that matters.
  3. 3  [countable] a thing that is part of a person’s character, especially something good personal qualities such as honesty and generosity to have leadership qualities She has all the qualities of a good teacher. It's hard to find people with the right qualities for the job.
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] a feature of something, especially one that makes it different from something else the special quality of light and shade in her paintings His voice has a rich, melodic quality.
  5. 5[countable] (British English) = quality newspaper
  6. Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘character, disposition’ and ‘particular property or feature’): from Old French qualite, from Latin qualitas (translating Greek poiotēs), from qualis ‘of what kind, of such a kind’.Extra examples Advances in technology would, it was hoped, improve the quality of life. All our cakes are made with top quality ingredients. How can we increase production without sacrificing quality? I found him thoroughly unpleasant, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The music gives the movie a dreamlike quality. The photos are of variable quality. They have real star quality. We aim to deliver quality to our customers. a singer with that elusive quality that sells records Get it right, even if it takes time; it’s quality not quantity that matters. He showed great energy and leadership qualities. It’s hard to find people with the right qualities for the job. Most of the goods on offer are of very poor quality. The ancient city of Assisi has a wonderful magical quality. The film has a dream-like quality. Their quality of life improved dramatically when they moved to the US. There’s been a serious decline in air quality recently. Use the highest quality ingredients you can find. We offer unbeatable performance and quality in all our products. contemporary writers of quality personal qualities such as honesty and generosity
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