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

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 The Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, a rollercoaster that made a kid in my eighth grade class puke churros. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Recap: The Fence, It Hath Been Jumped," 5 Mar. 2019 As anyone who made it through third-grade American history may recall, the Brits had a bit of a political and cultural impact on the new world. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Is Spanish Colonial Design? Everything To Know About California's Popular Style," 13 Nov. 2018 The Sherpa uses a marine-grade aluminum alloy exterior and a fiberglass roof in a classic teardrop shape; the sleeping quarters are inside the cabin with the kitchen accessed from the rear. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Burly camper trailer tackles any terrain and sleeps four," 15 Oct. 2018 And getting rejected from a sixth-grade play didn’t help. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alina Baraz Didn't Know She Could Sing When She Made Her First EP. Now She's a Rising R&B Star.," 5 Oct. 2018 Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the military-grade nerve agent in the British town of Salisbury in March. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "US to impose new Russia sanctions for 'chemical or biological weapons' use against British ex-spy," 2 Oct. 2018 The school system wants the school to have space for 620 students from kindergarten to fifth-grade, according to Kamen. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Too often, managers are stuck in a rut of directing traffic and overseeing annual performance evaluations where employees are graded against one another. Stephan Hagelauer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Two skills today’s managers need to master," 19 Apr. 2018 New roads are going in, lots are being graded and very soon, the first model homes will be available to tour. The Folsom Way, sacbee, "Sponsored: Folsom residents charting the city's growth," 10 Apr. 2018 Under state law, private schools cannot accept new voucher students for one year after the school is graded a D or F for two straight years. Shaina Cavazos, Indianapolis Star, "Voucher waivers for struggling private schools are ‘out of control,’ Indiana official says," 8 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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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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