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grade

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noun \ˈgrād\

Definition of grade

  1. 1a (1) :  a position in a scale of ranks or qualities (2) :  a stage in a processb :  a degree of severity in illness grade III carcinomac :  a class organized for the work of a particular year of a school coursed :  a military or naval rank

  2. 2a :  a class of things of the same stage or degreeb :  a mark indicating a degree of accomplishment in schoolc :  a standard of food quality

  3. 3a :  the degree of inclination of a road or slope; also :  a sloping roadb :  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 [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. 6 grades plural :  the elementary school system

gradeless

play \ˈgrād-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

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Origin and Etymology of grade

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


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grade

verb

Definition of grade

graded

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grading

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to arrange in grades :  sortb :  to arrange in a scale or seriesc :  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. 1a :  to form a seriesb :  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.

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Origin and Etymology of grade

see 1grade


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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

Origin and Etymology of grade

see 1grade


-grade

adjective combining form

Definition of -grade

  1. :  walking plantigrade

Origin and Etymology of -grade

French, from Latin -gradus, from gradi



GRADE Defined for English Language Learners

grade

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noun

Definition of grade for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of grade for English Language Learners

  • : 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 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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grade

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verb

Definition of grade for Students

graded

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grading

  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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