grade

noun
\ ˈgrād How to pronounce grade (audio) \

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 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

Mark and Christina dated a few times — but in ninth grade, Willie ultimately won her over. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Willie Geist and His Wife Have, Hands Down, the Craziest Love Story in the World," 9 May 2019 Houghton suggests choosing fine-grade pigments in a pale shade like silver or pink and applying only on the eyes (as opposed to the cheekbones). Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Pull Off Festival Girl Makeup Beyond Coachella," 16 Apr. 2019 She's taken this ethical approach a step further, creating concealers, highlighters, and lipsticks formulated with raw, food-grade, and organic ingredients in their purest state. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "7 All-Natural Makeup Brands With Products That Are Actually Amazing," 14 Jan. 2019 Insulation is key to making a finished basement feel comfortable and to eliminate the dank feeling that commonly occupies below-grade spaces. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 Almost one-quarter of all investment-grade corporate bond trades in December were on MarketAxess, the highest monthly market share ever for the digital trading venue. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Bond Market Turmoil Sparked E-Trading," 12 Apr. 2019 Meghan recalled in her Elle essay how her seventh grade English teacher told her to check the box for Caucasian on a mandatory census. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Her Dad: A Timeline of Their Rocky Relationship," 6 Mar. 2019 The lovebirds, who met back in first grade, tied the knot in 2012—a milestone that's made its way into a number of Thomas' tunes. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Everything to Know About Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' Adorable Kids," 7 Apr. 2019 His grades plummeted, forcing him to change majors, from engineering to business. Martha Irvine, The Seattle Times, "He’s a ‘tech addict’ who works in Seattle area’s tech industry," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another criticism was that it wasn’t graded on accuracy. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "Save the SAT Writing Test," 8 July 2018 Students are then to color that and other pictures and to be graded on the coloring activities. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Private schools' curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 June 2018 The 13/16-mile Pimlico Special is the richest of seven stakes, four graded, worth $1.15 million in purses on a 14-race program highlighted by the 94th running of the $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan for 3-year-old fillies. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (May 12): Prado earns honorary 'post' for Preakness," 12 May 2018 Terranova is quick to emphasize that women's submissions aren't graded on a curve. Lane Florsheim, Marie Claire, "Why Tribeca Is the Best Film Festival for Women," 25 Apr. 2016 As of last week, the graded, marked road stretched 200 miles from Bethel upstream to Crooked Creek. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "Tribes plow longest ice road ever on the Kuskokwim River," 16 Mar. 2018 McFadden asked, if recipients who previously scored up to 100 might now be graded only at 75. Washington Post, "The Health 202: HHS is working to reunite migrant families. But it won't happen immediately.," 25 June 2018 Larsson told me that on his watch, students were actually graded for citizenship. Michael Smerconish, Philly.com, "How 2018 commencement speakers talked about Trump without saying his name | Michael Smerconish," 7 June 2018 To help guide you, here are some of my notes and score tallies (categories were graded on a scale of 1-10, with a possible total score of 90). Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It's taco-mania at Sycuan in May," 3 May 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, 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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grade A

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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)

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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