standard Definition

  • 1a level of quality or attainment
  • 2something used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations
  • 3a flag or ensign, especially a military or naval one indicating nationality

Using standard: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "standard" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company has set high standards for customer service.

  • Example

    This product meets industry standards.

  • Example

    The standard of living in this country is very high.

  • Example

    The standard for passing the test is 70%.

standard Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for standard

Idioms Using standard

  • hold someone/something to a high standard

    expect or require someone or something to be of a very high quality


    As a teacher, I hold my students to a high standard of academic excellence.

  • reduce the level of quality or expectation


    The company lowered its hiring standards in order to fill positions more quickly.

  • establish a level of quality or expectation that others will follow


    This company has set the standard for eco-friendly packaging in the industry.

Phrases with standard

  • double standard

    a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups


    It's not fair that there's a double standard for men and women when it comes to dating.

  • something that is provided to everyone in a group or organization, usually referring to equipment or clothing


    All soldiers are given standard issue uniforms and boots.

  • the best or most reliable example of something


    This restaurant is the gold standard for Italian cuisine in the city.

Origins of standard

from Old French 'estandart', meaning 'a standing banner'


Summary: standard in Brief

The term 'standard' [ˈstændərd] refers to a level of quality or attainment, often used as a measure or model for comparison. It can also refer to a flag or ensign indicating nationality. Examples include 'The company has set high standards for customer service.' and 'The standard of living in this country is very high.' Phrases like 'gold standard' denote the best or most reliable example, while idioms like 'hold someone/something to a high standard' imply high expectations.

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