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1grade

noun \ˈgrād\

: a level of study that is completed by a student during one year

: the students in the same year of study at a school

: a number or letter that indicates how a student performed in a class or on a test

Full Definition of GRADE

1
a (1) :  a position in a scale of ranks or qualities (2) :  a stage in a process
b :  a degree of severity in illness <grade III carcinoma>
c :  a class organized for the work of a particular year of a school course
d :  a military or naval rank
2
a :  a class of things of the same stage or degree
b :  a mark indicating a degree of accomplishment in school
c :  a standard of food quality
3
a :  the degree of inclination of a road or slope; also :  a sloping road
b :  a datum or reference level; especially :  ground level
4
:  a domestic animal with one parent purebred and the other of inferior breeding
5
plural :  the elementary school system
grade·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of GRADE

  1. The fifth grade will perform their annual play this week.
  2. a grade of 90 percent or better
  3. Her grades are up this semester.
  4. an expensive grade of leather

Origin of GRADE

Latin gradus step, degree, from Latin gradi to step, go; akin to Lithuanian gridyti to go, wander
First Known Use: 1526

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

2grade

verb

: to give a grade to (a student or a student's work)

: to give a rating to (something)

: to separate (things) into groups or classes according to a particular quality

grad·edgrad·ing

Full Definition of GRADE

transitive verb
1
a :  to arrange in grades :  sort
b :  to arrange in a scale or series
c :  to assign to a grade or assign a grade to
2
:  to level off to a smooth horizontal or sloping surface
intransitive verb
1
a :  to form a series
b :  blend
2
:  to be of a particular grade
grad·able \ˈgrā-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of GRADE

  1. Students will be graded on their reading ability.
  2. She hasn't finished grading the exams.
  3. How would you grade your meal on a scale from one to five?
  4. The eggs are graded according to size.

First Known Use of GRADE

1659

3grade

adjective

Definition of GRADE

:  being, involving, or yielding domestic animals of improved but not pure stock <grade ewes> <grade breeding>

First Known Use of GRADE

1852
GRADED Defined for Kids

1grade

noun \ˈgrād\

Definition of GRADE for Kids

1
:  a division of a school course representing a year's work <He's in the fourth grade.>
2
:  the group of pupils in a school grade <Fifth grade is holding a bake sale.>
3
:  a mark or rating especially in school <I got a grade of A on the test.>
4
:  a position in a scale of rank, quality, or order <a social grade>
5
:  a class of things that are of the same rank, quality, or order <A … hide was worth from four to ten dollars, depending on the grade and quality. — Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows>
6
:  the degree of slope (as of a road)

Word Root of GRADE

The Latin word gradus, meaning step or degree, gives us the root grad. Words from the Latin gradus have something to do with steps. Anything gradual happens slowly one step at a time. To degrade is to reduce from a higher to a lower degree. A grade is a step in school made up of one year of work. Even the word degree itself has gradus as its root.

2grade

verb
grad·edgrad·ing

Definition of GRADE for Kids

1
:  to give a grade to as an indication of achievement <The teacher graded my report a B.>
2
:  to give a rating to <I'd grade the movie a ten.>
3
:  to arrange in grades according to some quality <The eggs were graded by size.>
4
:  to make level or evenly sloping <grade a highway>
Medical Dictionary

grade

noun \ˈgrād\

Medical Definition of GRADE

:  a degree of severity of a disease or abnormal condition <a grade III carcinoma>

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