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class

noun uk   /klɑːs/ us    /klæs/

class noun (TEACHING GROUP)

A1 [C, + sing/pl verb] a group of students who are taught together at school, college, or university: Which class are you in this year? She gave the whole class extra homework for a week. My class (= the people in my class) was/were rather noisy this morning. [as form of address] Okay, class, settle down and open your books. A1 [C, + sing/pl verb] a period of time in which students are taught something: My last class ends at four o'clock. I was told off for talking in class. Who takes/teaches your environmental studies class? I missed my aerobics class yesterday. Classes have been cancelled today because of a staff meeting. the class of 2012, 2013, etc. mainly US a group of students who successfully finished their studies in a particular year

class noun (ECONOMIC GROUP)

B2 [C or U] a group of people within society who have the same economic and social position: The Labour Party has lost a lot of support among the working class. She belongs to the rich American upper class. We live in a middle class neighbourhood. She comes from an upper middle class background. He was a member of the ruling classes. She's studying the class structure of Japan.
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class noun (RANK)

A2 [C] a group into which goods, services, or people are put according to their standard: Whenever I travel by train, I always travel first class. first/second class mail a business/economy class ticket All the vegetables we sell are Class A. When it comes to mathematics, he's in a different class to his peers. [C] in the UK, the standard that someone has reached in their university degree: What class of degree did you get? He graduated with a second-class honours degree in physics. be in a class of your own to be the best at a particular activity: As a long-distance runner, she's in a class of her own. be in a class by itself/of its own to be something of such a high quality that nothing can be compared to it be out of your class to be much better at doing something than you: I can't play chess with him. He's completely out of my class!

class noun (STYLE)

[U] the quality of being stylish or fashionable: She's got real class.

class noun (BIOLOGY)

[C] specialized biology a group of related plants or animals, in the general classification of plants and animals

class

verb [T] uk   /klɑːs/ us    /klæs/
C1 to consider someone or something to belong to a particular group because of their qualities: I'm 17, but I'm still classed as a child when I travel by bus. I would class her among/with the top ten American novelists.

class

adjective uk   /klɑːs/ us    /klæs/ informal
very good: a class act He's a class golfer.
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