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

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Other Words from grade

Noun

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

Verb

gradable \ ˈgrā-​də-​bəl How to pronounce gradable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One touches on the distinction between medical-grade masks and cloth masks. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Cleveland Clinic never told employees cloth face masks 'don't work'," 2 Aug. 2020 At first, officials told the public to skip these face coverings, amid worries that mask mandates would cause a shortage of medical-grade masks suitable for hospitals. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How to make masks that everyone will want to wear," 10 July 2020 When finished, just rinse the moisture- and germ-resistant medical-grade silicone funnel off and go about your merry, empty-bladdered way. Jayla Andrulonis, Health.com, "This $13 Gadget Makes It Possible to Pee Anywhere," 9 July 2020 These fashion masks are not medical-grade, as that would require specialized materials. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The luxury face mask has arrived," 7 July 2020 Builders also upgraded to a medical-grade air system of the type used in hospitals. Lorraine Mirabella, Washington Post, "After shutdowns in Maryland, offices reemerge with changes," 4 July 2020 Ben Henri, who teaches music to students in 7th to 12th grade, will compete in the final tonight. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "St. Clair Shores music teacher makes 'Jeopardy!' finals by $1," 4 June 2020 The Brown School, which teaches kindergarten through 12th grade, is home to 743 students, 30% of whom are African American. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Where does Louisville go from here? This is what community leaders, members have to say," 1 June 2020 Melissa Taliaferro, also of Leesburg, thinks full-time distance learning may be the better choice for her five children, who range in age from fourth to 11th grade. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Online school? In-person? How parents are making their own fall 2020 decisions as COVID-19 squabbles continue," 14 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Britain and many other countries cancelled their most important public exams this year, choosing instead to grade youngsters according to their achievements before the pandemic. The Economist, "Another kind of test As students prepare for China’s college-entrance exam, a scandal brews," 5 July 2020 In the second experiment, 66 participants were asked to grade an essay by an unnamed writer and then provide feedback to the author. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "New evidence suggests women get kinder, less honest feedback at work," 30 June 2020 Fortunate for Oregon, the rest of the North Dakota State roster doesn’t grade out vs. Clemson and Ohio State. oregonlive, "Canzano: Monday Mailbag touches on Ducks-Buckeyes, Gov. Brown, Mike Leach and Barry Bonds," 22 June 2020 Those that are centered properly will grade higher than skewed ones. Popular Science, "How the world’s most expensive trading cards get authenticated," 28 May 2020 Teams of human taste testers are still needed to grade and classify the remaining batches. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Artificial “tongue” for maple syrup weeds out batches with “buddy” off flavors," 28 May 2020 After Cofield recruited Floyd to talk to him, the student’s grades suddenly improved. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "'You shook the world, Big Floyd:' George Floyd remembered for mentoring young men in Houston's Third Ward," 8 June 2020 Council grades: City Council Safety Committee Chair Matt Zone grades preparation for Saturday’s protests a C+ or a B, Robert Higgs reports. cleveland, "Cleveland City Council votes to tackle racism as public health crisis: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 4, 2020," 4 June 2020 The current method for grading and classifying syrups involves trained human taste testers who are very rarely augmented in high-tech industrial settings with fluorescent spectroscopy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Artificial “tongue” for maple syrup weeds out batches with “buddy” off flavors," 28 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective District officials noted that the majority of Gwinnett students now take the Algebra End Of Course exam in place of the eighth grade math End Of Grade test and those results are not included in the calculation. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Five takeaways from Gwinnett County’s Georgia Milestones results," 20 July 2017 Grade school camps are $75 and high school camps are $125. Aurora Beacon-News, "Shakespeare in the Park set in Geneva," 10 July 2017 Hague, an Alberta native and grade school teacher, began his MMA career in 2006 and fought five times on the UFC circuit from 2009 to 2011. Scott Allen, chicagotribune.com, "Former UFC fighter Tim Hague dies after getting knocked out in boxing match," 19 June 2017

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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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The first known use of grade was in 1659

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5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grade. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for grade

grade

noun
How to pronounce -grade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

grade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grade (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : 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

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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