› BANKING a letter or combination of letters used by ratings agencies to show how certain they are that a loan will be paid back by the person or organization that borrowed the money: Bonds which are rated A are considered as upper-medium grade obligations. → See also investment-grade
› PRODUCTION one of the levels of quality given to a particular product or substance : March futures on commercial grade coffee closed at $1.04 per pound Friday.high/low grade Technicians carefully loaded new fuel rods of high grade uranium into the cooling water.aircraft/human/weapons, etc. grade The scooters are made from aircraft grade aluminium alloy and weigh just 2.76kg.
› HR a level or division within an organization or system: The administrative grade, recruited from top-quality university graduates, prepares policy advice for ministers. a pay/salary grade
make the grade › to be as good as expected or as good as is necessary: Many of the online shops simply failed to make the grade.