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

Photo: Erin Lefevre for The Wall Street Journal Most phonics programs recommend lessons for 20 to 30 minutes a day in kindergarten through second grade, as part of broader work in language arts. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Schools Seen as Falling Short in a Pillar of Teaching Reading," 26 Dec. 2018 But besides that, most of my knowledge of the physical makeup of the human body was from ninth-grade biology. Rebecca Phelps, Marie Claire, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: An Oral History," 27 Sep. 2018 Grace has stopped by Highland Elementary School, where his son, Guy Jr., is in the fifth grade. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 The interior features all of Outside Van’s standard amenities (a marine grade floor, custom wheel tub boxes, full insulation, wall and ceiling paneling, and LED lighting), and two people can sleep on the three-panel bed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with skylights lives large in 100 square feet," 17 Dec. 2018 This year’s findings are based on responses from about 45,000 students in grades 8, 10 and 12 in schools across the country. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom," 17 Dec. 2018 So, attend every funeral for every child, but attend to your own child who was with her fourth grade class that day. Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 Dec. 2018 And for the first wedding since her own, the actress chose a stunning, couture-grade coral look. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attended Their Friend's Wedding—and Of Course They Looked Spectacular," 12 Dec. 2018 There’s the pressure to get the right grades and get into the right college. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Michelle Obama on Facing Criticism, Life After the White House, and Advice for Meghan Markle," 3 Dec. 2018

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Last year at Sotheby's in Hong Kong, the Pink Star—the largest internally flawless Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, weighing 59.60 carats— sold for a whopping $71.2 million. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "This Pink Diamond Just Broke a World Record," 14 Nov. 2018 In addition to recently launching a pilot program that will grade scooter services on issues like safety and social equity, Santa Monica has also used operator fees to invest in new bike lanes and transit infrastructure. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018 Among big airports, readers graded Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best of the Biggest U.S. Airports," 14 Nov. 2018 The group graded burger chains based on three categories: policy, implementation and transparency. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Antibiotics in beef: Burger chains are failing the test, except for a couple right here in Washington," 19 Oct. 2018 More than 2,500 of them, grades 3-10, took the English and math exams. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s school test scores improving — except for students learning English," 18 Sep. 2018 The Dean's List recognizes the top 20 percent of students taking a minimum of three graded, full-credit courses. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area students honored by colleges, universities," 6 Feb. 2018 The health agency's inspection grading system gives restaurants two chances to earn an A rating during each inspection cycle. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Trump vs. Red Hen restaurant: Eateries in Trump properties also dinged for violations," 5 July 2018 Palazzolo’s thoughts are based largely on PFF’s grading system, which is in its fourth year of projecting collegiate prospects. Conor Orr, SI.com, "How Teams Interview Top Quarterback Prospects," 18 Apr. 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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Dictionary Entries near grade

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grade A

gradeability

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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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