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grade

noun [C] uk   /ɡreɪd/ us  

grade noun [C] (LEVEL)

B2 a level of quality, size, importance, etc.: He's suffering from some kind of low-grade (= slight) infection, which he can't seem to get rid of. There's some really high-grade (= high quality) musicianship on this recording. Bill has been on ( US at) the same grade (= his job has been of the same level of importance, or he has had the same level of pay) for several years now.B1 a number or letter that shows how good someone's work or performance is: Steve never studies, but he always gets good grades. UK Carla got a grade A in German.
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grade noun [C] (SCHOOL)

A2 US a school class or group of classes in which all the children are of a similar age or ability: Jackie is in the sixth grade.
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grade noun [C] (SLOPE)

US a gradient : The next hill has a real steep grade.

grade

verb [T] uk   /ɡreɪd/ us  
C1 to separate people or things into different levels of quality, size, importance, etc.: The fruit is washed and then graded by size. The books are graded according to the difficulty of the language.C1 US ( UK mark) to give a score to a student's piece of work: to grade work/papers
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