quality ( qualities plural )
1 n-uncount The quality of something is how good or bad it is.
usu with supp
Everyone can greatly improve the quality of life..., Other services vary dramatically in quality., ...high quality paper and plywood.
2 n-uncount Something of quality is of a high standard.
usu with supp, oft N n
...a college of quality..., In our work, quality is paramount.
3 n-count Someone's qualities are the good characteristics that they have which are part of their nature.
usu pl, usu supp N
He wanted to introduce mature people with leadership qualities...
4 n-count You can describe a particular characteristic of a person or thing as a quality.
oft adj N
...a childlike quality., ...the pretentious quality of the poetry...
5 adj The quality papers or the quality press are the more serious newspapers which give detailed accounts of world events, as well as reports on business, culture, and society. (BRIT) ADJ n Even the quality papers agreed that it was a triumph.
quality circle ( quality circles plural ) A quality circle is a small group of workers and managers who meet to solve problems and improve the quality of the organization's products or services. (BUSINESS) n-count
Riddick's first move was to form a quality circle.
In an organization that produces goods or provides services, quality control is the activity of checking that the goods or services are of an acceptable standard. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
If people spend quality time together, they spend a period of time relaxing or doing things that they both enjoy, and not worrying about work or other responsibilities. n-uncount
total quality management
Total quality management is a set of management principles aimed at improving performance throughout a company, especially by involving employees in decision-making. The abbreviation TQM is also used. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
He is a firm believer in total quality management.