\ 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


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



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


gradeless \ ˈgrād-​ləs How to pronounce gradeless (audio) \ adjective


gradable \ ˈgrā-​də-​bəl How to pronounce gradable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of grade in a Sentence


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


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 20th annual Del Mar field hockey camp for beginning players in grades 1-9 will be held on June 24-27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Del Mar. The camp is open to boys and girls who want to try a new sport. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Sports Briefs," 6 June 2019 More than 25,000 Maryland public, private, parochial and home-schooled students in grades 6 through 12 participated in the programs throughout the year. Courtney Mcgee,, "Students at Immaculate Conception in Towson honored with history awards," 5 June 2019 So, why are twins Jason and Cheryl in different grades?? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 "Riverdale" Plot Holes That Will Keep You Up at Night," 3 May 2019 The ruling comes after guardians of three students who attend the school, comprised of 900 students in grades kindergarten through eighth, sued the district in 2016 on behalf of the students, CBS News reports. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "A Federal Court Ruled Against a North Carolina School’s Dress Code Requiring Girls to Wear Skirts," 2 Apr. 2019 There aren’t enough textbooks or desks; students in the early grades must sit on the floor. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 Their newest initiative, Funny Girls, is doing that for girls in grades three through six in an unconventional way. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "Funny Girls Is Teaching Girls to Be Leaders Through Improv," 6 Dec. 2018 Supporters of the bill cited research that says delaying school start times could result in better grades, attendance and graduation rates. Fox News, "California Gov. Jerry Brown blocks later school start time mandate," 20 Sep. 2018 For instance, a study published in Pediatrics last year looked at data from the CDC's 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which included information for 15,624 students in grades 9 through 12. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Is Cracking Down on JUUL and E-Cigarette Retailers to Curb Teen Vaping," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the bottom, see a sampling of the many restaurants graded as an A for no violations. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Food stored at improper temperature at 5 restaurants on this week’s restaurant inspections," 5 June 2019 Gareon Conley graded out as one of the NFL’s top pure cover corners last year according to Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders defense will be better, but by how much?," 4 June 2019 The contractor will take the material from the parking structure, as well as the material from the 65 Water St. building, and grind it into fill for grading where the parking structure is. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Council approves parking garage demolition in downtown Aurora," 28 Apr. 2018 Scrap evaluations: End the outdated practice of grading and labeling employees like schoolchildren. Gary Markle,, "How do you motivate millennials?," 19 Apr. 2018 Bids are due next week for grading work at the site and groundbreaking is anticipated later this year. Paul Gattis,, "Gov. Kay Ivey, Tommy Battle to travel to Japan to meet with Toyota, Mazda officials," 17 Apr. 2018 Matt Wdowiarz, a fifth grade teacher in Winfield, Illinois says an iPad helps him save time from grading, returning papers, and printing papers. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Teachers weigh in on Apple’s push for more iPads in school," 30 Mar. 2018 Junior offensive tackle Andrew Coker earned honorable mention after not allowing a single sack for the Mustangs, grading at 95 percent with 97 pancakes. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "KISD places 11 on TXSWA all-state team," 6 Mar. 2018 Spread across 55 acres, the project will emerge through the end of 2019 with site grading commencing this summer followed by foundation work in the fall. Mary Shanklin,, "KPMG launches construction of campus," 22 May 2017

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,, "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


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


1659, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


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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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



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


\ 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)


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


\ 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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