grad·​er | \ ˈgrā-dər \

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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An aspiring singer, Azriel, then an eleventh grader, jumped at the chance. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Locked behind their green classroom door, MaKenzie Woody and 25 other first-graders huddled in the darkness. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Imagine an adorable first-grader having fun with science experiments; that was Karlie every day. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss Gets Candid About Politics, Her Relationship, and Women in Tech," 11 Sep. 2018 Another recalls fielding difficult questions from first-graders after an active shooter drill. Beatrix Lockwood, Marie Claire, "Teaching In the Age of Mass Shootings," 5 Sep. 2018 The number of 12th graders who used any type of e-cigarette in the last 30 days was even higher: 27 percent. Julia Belluz, Vox, "$1.3 million: the average bonus Juul employees get after a deal with a cigarette maker," 20 Dec. 2018 The latest scores on New York’s state tests show only 46.7% of the city’s third through eighth graders proficient in English and 42.7% in math, with the number dropping to 34% and 25.4% respectively for black students. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "De Blasio Sees Too Many Asians," 17 Dec. 2018 Salvation came in the form of a fellow eighth grader with a slightly beat up-looking copy of Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition (a version of Pokémon Blue/Red that had been changed to more closely follow the events of the anime). Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "“Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon," 2 Sep. 2018 Those students will get to experience the new library as eighth graders in the coming term. Steve Sadin,, "New libraries at Caruso and Shepard designed with an eye toward collaboration, technology," 9 July 2018

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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 \

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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