grad·​er | \ ˈgrā-dər How to pronounce grader (audio) \

Definition of grader

1 : one that grades
2 : a machine for leveling earth
3 : a pupil in a school grade a fifth grader

Examples of grader in a Sentence

Her students say that she's a tough grader.

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The study used data from a 2008 Delaware School Survey, which included responses from over 6,000 eighth graders. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Are violent video games connected to mass shootings?," 6 Aug. 2019 Inside the school, kindergartners-to-eighth-graders donned the same navy blue bottoms and white button-down tops. Kelly Glass, Washington Post, "Back-to-school clothes were a source of shame for me. I want better for my kids, and others.," 30 July 2019 The classes were open to third to eighth graders, and six attended the first day. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Children interact with nature through summer camp," 18 July 2019 Lindsay hosted his first youth football camp Monday — a free event for first-through-eighth graders at the Evie Garrett Dennis Campus in Green Valley Ranch. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "“I’m ready 100 percent”: Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay eager for training camp, won’t pinpoint return date," 15 July 2019 Brown has declined to say how many students were involved or whether any were punished, though Kercher said one eighth grader was suspended. Mead Gruver,, "Racist, antigay student fliers challenge Wyoming district," 30 June 2019 Campbell, 11, of Coral Springs, who will be a sixth-grader at Coral Springs Charter School in the fall, believes his team has a chance to win the regionals. Gary Curreri,, "North Springs Little League 11-Unders win state tournament," 25 July 2019 Kept in the Dark Over MS-13 Panorama High School was already on edge after 10th grader Brayan Andino went missing. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: What Mueller’s testimony means," 25 July 2019 The young girls, ranging from kindergartners to eighth graders, learned about the solar system, asteroids and constellations. Brooke Lamantia,, "Dreams of space travel take flight at Girl Scout camp," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of grader

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of grader

US : a student in a particular grade in school
: a person who grades students or their work
: a machine used for grading a surface


grad·​er | \ ˈgrā-dər How to pronounce grader (audio) \

Kids Definition of grader

1 : a student in a specified grade fourth graders
2 : a person who assigns grades
3 : a machine used for leveling earth

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