grade

noun
\ ˈgrād How to pronounce grade (audio) \

Definition of grade

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a level of study in an elementary, middle, or secondary school that is completed by a student during one year will enter eleventh grade this year students in the second grade
b : the students in the same year of study in elementary, middle, or secondary school The ninth grade is away on a field trip.
c(1) : a position in a scale of ranks or qualities Each grade of steel contains sub-divisions corresponding to steels of different yield stress and impact requirements.— G. D. Taylor
(2) : a stage in a process … we should bear in mind that animals displaying early transitional grades of the structure will seldom continue to exist to the present day, for they will have been supplanted by the very process of perfection through natural selection.— Charles Darwin
d : a degree of severity in illness grade III carcinoma
e : a military or naval rank To be prepared for burial Claggart's body was delivered to certain petty-officers of his mess. And … the Master-at-arms was committed to the sea with every funeral honor properly belonging to his naval grade.— Herman Melville … her father being a country clergyman who had never reached a higher grade than that of an archdeacon …— Anthony Trollope
2a : a mark indicating a degree of accomplishment in school earned good grades in school What was your grade on the math test?
b : a class of things of the same stage or degree
c : a standard of food quality Extra-virgin is the highest grade of olive oil.— Lisa McManus
3a : the degree of inclination of a road or slope … one track went straight up the steep hill, the other one turned square off to the right, with a very slight grade.— Mark Twain also : a sloping road The car … toiled up the long, long grades, past Ash Fork, towards Flagstaff, where the forests and quarries are, under the dry, remote skies. — Rudyard Kipling
b : a datum or reference level especially : ground level
4 : a domestic animal with one parent purebred and the other of inferior breeding
5 [translation of German Stufe] linguistics : any of the variants of a root or affix (distinguished by a particular vowel or the absence of any vowel) in the ablaut series of an Indo-European language
6 grades plural : the elementary school system

grade

verb
graded; grading

Definition of grade (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to assign to a grade or assign a grade to … Mrs. Granger would be the one grading their spelling tests and their reading tests …— Andrew Clements … these students are being graded by the instructor whose methods or information they have reason to question.— Mary Lefkowitz
b : to arrange in grades : sort Each printing plant sends sample copies of its press run to the color lab, where they are graded for quality.— Robert Neuwirth
c : to arrange in a scale or series
2 : to level off to a smooth horizontal or sloping surface The ground should be graded to direct water flow away from the home.Consumer Reports

intransitive verb

1a : to form a series
b : blend Notice that the mud and the sand grade into each other along the sandbar.— Sheldon Judson and Marvin E. Kauffman
2 : to be of a particular grade

grade

adjective

Definition of grade (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Definition of -grade (Entry 4 of 4)

: walking plantigrade

Other Words from grade

Noun

gradeless \ ˈgrād-​ləs How to pronounce grade (audio) \ adjective

Verb

gradable \ ˈgrā-​də-​bəl How to pronounce grade (audio) \ adjective

Examples of grade in a Sentence

Noun The fifth grade will perform their annual play this week. a grade of 90 percent or better Her grades are up this semester. an expensive grade of leather Verb Students will be graded on their reading ability. She hasn't finished grading the exams. How would you grade your meal on a scale from one to five? The eggs are graded according to size. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The daughter of a United States Naval officer, Dowse was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and began acting in third grade, according to a 2015 interview with Brownstone Radio. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2022 For me, discovering theater in the 8th grade was like discovering a home. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 But in a sign of progress this week, his family announced Cooper will rejoin his twin brother, Luke, in third grade at Braeside Elementary School in Highland Park. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2022 One day in 11th grade during a psychology class, Kravitz saw Harvey crush a pill and snort it off his desk. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Age-appropriate lessons start in the fourth grade and build on each other as students get older. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Aug. 2022 Zlata enrolled in third grade in a school attended by one of Michelle's grandchildren. Diane Herbst, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 George is in the fourth grade at Mercer School; Igor, in the sixth. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Noland, who is from Anchorage, remembered meeting Young in fifth grade. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the second time this season, Just Fields did not grade out as a champion after completing a career-low 44.4 percent of his passes for 114 yards and two interceptions. Stephen Means, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2020 Participants are asked to grade the schools overall as well as in a variety of areas including leadership, safety, innovation and responsiveness to the community. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Apr. 2022 At first, Murphy did not grade as highly on pitches down in the strike zone, an area Jensen views as vital. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2022 Trying to grade how teams did immediately after a draft is pretty futile. Matt Young, Chron, 2 May 2022 Despite the rejection, the Sheriff’s Department hired a crew to grade the dirt. Alene Tchekmedyianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 There are 150 students in the class, so if the strike continues, the professor will have to grade all the final exams without help. Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 And after the ’bacco was cured, my grandmother would grade it. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 The program will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to teach and grade. Susan Harmeling, Forbes, 21 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Common active ingredients in pro-grade peels include glycolic, mandelic, salicylic, and lactic acids, along with trichloroacetic acid. Janell M. Hickman, SELF, 27 July 2022 School officials in the city of Lawrence — home to the main University of Kansas campus — are creating multi-grade level elementary classrooms, which will allow the district to get by with fewer teachers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 Producing premium and mid-grade gasoline requires special additives that are costly to make, too—higher octane doesn’t come cheap. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 10 July 2022 School officials in the city of Lawrence — home to the main University of Kansas campus — are creating multi-grade level elementary classrooms, which will allow the district to get by with fewer teachers. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 School officials in the city of Lawrence – home to the main University of Kansas campus – are creating multi-grade level elementary classrooms, which will allow the district to get by with fewer teachers. Heather Hollingsworth And Annie Ma, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2022 School officials in the city of Lawrence — home to the main University of Kansas campus — are creating multi-grade level elementary classrooms, which will allow the district to get by with fewer teachers. Chicago Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 School officials in the city of Lawrence — home to the main University of Kansas campus — are creating multi-grade level elementary classrooms, which will allow the district to get by with fewer teachers. Heather Hollingsworth And Annie Ma, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2022 School officials in the city of Lawrence — home to the main University of Kansas campus — are creating multi-grade level elementary classrooms, which will allow the district to get by with fewer teachers. Heather Hollingsworth And Annie Ma, Chron, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grade

Noun

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1c(2)

Verb

1659, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grade

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Latin gradus step, degree, from Latin gradi to step, go; akin to Lithuanian gridyti to go, wander

Adjective combining form

French, from Latin -gradus, from gradi

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More Definitions for grade

grade

noun
\ ˈgrād How to pronounce grade (audio) \

Kids Definition of grade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

grade

verb
graded; grading

Kids Definition of grade (Entry 2 of 2)

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

grade

noun
\ ˈgrād How to pronounce grade (audio) \

Medical Definition of grade

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

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