grade

noun
\ ˈgrād \

Definition of grade 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a(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

2a : 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

3a : 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 [ 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 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

1a : to form a series

b : blend

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 \ adjective

Verb

gradable \ˈgrā-də-bəl \ 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

Britain has blamed Russia for the poisonings in England this year using Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent. Rob Harris, Fox News, "Dutch soccer great Van Basten rejects Putin meeting concerns," 12 July 2018 In addition to the council, UCF and Valencia are working with the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence, which opened in August and serves children in preschool through eighth-grade. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Valencia and UCF name community engagement director for downtown campus," 11 July 2018 Camp Grier/Bren Photography Camp Grier fosters in kids from second through 12th grades a love for outdoor labor – and celebrating the fruits of it. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "'We leave technology behind' at Camp Grier, and enjoy nature instead," 5 July 2018 The Schools Students in kindergarten through sixth grade attend one of three neighborhood elementary schools: Grant, Lincoln or Roosevelt. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 Girard College, centered on an imposing structure and set on 43 acres in North Philadelphia, educates about 300 students in first through 12th grades. Philly.com, "Who is Girard College's new president?," 28 June 2018 The program is open to all children entering Kindergarten through sixth grade. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 26 June 2018 Those entering kindergarten through fifth grade are asked to read 10 books. The Aegis, "Harford 'Libraries Rock!' for summer reading," 18 June 2018 The 11 projects collectively total almost $300 million and will create about 600,000 square feet for 5,700 students in kindergarten through grade 12, according to a Globe analysis. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Building boom at Boston charter schools outpaces that at other city schools," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

She won’t be graded, but asked to attempt every assignment, with modifications by Lepore’s team. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "'The choice should be there.' More colleges enroll students with intellectual disabilities," 25 June 2018 But in any case, that is the curve—Embiid, Davis, Towns—that Ayton will be graded on. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "There's Never a Bad Time With Deandre Ayton," 12 June 2018 Institutions were graded using 25 standards and 116 criteria. Rory Smith, CNN, "European mental health institutions fall 'far below the standard,' WHO reports," 6 June 2018 Virginia lefty Daniel Lynch was graded as a B, while Stanford’s Kris Bubic was a B-plus and Memphis’ Jonathan Bowlan was a C-plus. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "'A significant amount of talent.' National experts on Royals' first-day draft picks," 5 June 2018 And most of the tests were graded not by Theranos’s proprietary technology, but by routine commercially available equipment. Roger Lowenstein, New York Times, "How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.," 21 May 2018 The area will be graded and prepped for the expansion of the playground. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland.com, "City-owned building torn down to make way for expanded playground: Community Voices," 1 May 2018 Saint Anthony was not graded in the most recent report. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois' hospital safety ranking improves, but some dispute nonprofit's grades," 23 Apr. 2018 Medicare still assigns stars by comparing a home to other facilities, essentially grading on a curve. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records," 13 July 2018

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

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1659, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grade

Noun

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

Verb

see grade entry 1

Adjective

see grade entry 1

Adjective combining form

French, from Latin -gradus, from gradi

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Dictionary Entries near grade

gradation

gradatory

graddan

grade

-grade

grade A

gradeability

Phrases Related to grade

failing grade/mark

grade A

Statistics for grade

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grade

noun

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)

: 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of grade 

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

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