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grade

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noun \ˈgrād\

Simple Definition of grade

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grade

  1. 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. 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. 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. 4 :  a domestic animal with one parent purebred and the other of inferior breeding

  5. 5 plural :  the elementary school system

gradeless play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of grade in a sentence

  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


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grade

verb

Simple Definition of grade

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grade

gradedgrading

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to level off to a smooth horizontal or sloping surface

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to form a series b :  blend

  6. 2 :  to be of a particular grade

gradable play \ˈgrā-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of grade in a sentence

  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.



1659

First Known Use of grade

1659


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grade

adjective

Definition of grade

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



1852

First Known Use of grade

1852


-grade

adjective combining form

Definition of -grade

  1. :  walking <plantigrade>



Origin of -grade

French, from Latin -gradus, from gradi



GRADE Defined for Kids

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grade

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noun \ˈgrād\

Definition of grade for Students

  1. 1 :  a division of a school course representing a year's work <He's in the fourth grade.>

  2. 2 :  the group of pupils in a school grade <Fifth grade is holding a bake sale.>

  3. 3 :  a mark or rating especially in school <I got a grade of A on the test.>

  4. 4 :  a position in a scale of rank, quality, or order <a social grade>

  5. 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. 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.


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Definition of grade for Students

gradedgrading

  1. 1 :  to give a grade to as an indication of achievement <The teacher graded my report a B.>

  2. 2 :  to give a rating to <I'd grade the movie a ten.>

  3. 3 :  to arrange in grades according to some quality <The eggs were graded by size.>

  4. 4 :  to make level or evenly sloping <grade a highway>




Medical Dictionary

grade

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noun \ˈgrād\

Medical Definition of grade

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





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