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Meaning of “degree” in the English Dictionary

"degree" in British English

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degreenoun

uk   us   /dɪˈɡriː/
  • degree noun (AMOUNT)

B2 [C usually singular, U] (an) ​amount or ​level of something: This ​jobdemands a high degree ofskill. There isn't the ​slightest degree ofdoubt that he's ​innocent. I have to ​warn you that there's a degree of (= some)dangerinvolved in this. The ​number of ​terroristattacks has ​increased to a ​terrifying degree. There was some degree oftruth in what she said. To what degree do you ​think we will be ​providing a ​betterservice? "That's really ​bad." "Well, it's all a matter/​question of degree (= there are other things ​better and other things ​worse)."

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  • degree noun (UNIT)

A2 [C] (written abbreviation deg.) any of ​variousunits of ​measurement, ​especially of ​temperature or ​angles, usually ​shown by the ​symbol ° written after a ​number: a ​difference of three degrees Water ​boils at 212° Fahrenheit and 100° Celsius/Centigrade. A ​rightangle is an ​angle of 90°. New York is on a latitude of 41°N and a longitude of 74°W.

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  • degree noun (SUBJECT OF STUDY)

B1 [C] a ​course of ​study at a ​college or ​university, or the ​qualification given to a ​student after he or she has ​completed his or her ​studies: She has a ​physics degree/a degree inphysics from Edinburgh.mainly US She has a bachelor's/master's degree inhistory from Yale.UK "What degree did you do at York?" "Geography."

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-degreesuffix

uk   us   /-dɪ.ɡriː/
(Definition of degree from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"degree" in American English

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degreenoun

 us   /dɪˈɡri/
  • degree noun (AMOUNT)

[C/U] an ​amount or ​level of something: [C] This ​jobdemands a high degree of ​skill. [C] The ​house had also been ​damaged, but to a ​lesser degree.
  • degree noun (TEMPERATURE UNIT)

[C] (symbol °) a ​unit of ​measurement of ​temperature, often ​shown by the ​symbol ° written after a ​number: The ​temperature is ​expected to ​climb to 90° ​tomorrow.
  • degree noun (ANGLE MEASUREMENT)

geometry [C] (symbol °) a ​unit of ​measurement of ​angles, often ​shown by the ​symbol ° written after a ​number
  • degree noun (NUMBER)

[C] algebra an ​exponent (= ​number that ​shows how many ​times another ​number is to be ​multiplied by itself)degree of a monomial A degree of a monomial is the ​total of the ​exponents in a ​mathematicalstatement.degree of a polynomial A degree of a polynomial is the ​largest of the ​exponents in a ​mathematicalstatement.
  • degree noun (ACHIEVEMENT)

[C] the ​level of ​achievementrecognized for a ​student who has ​completed a ​course of ​study at a ​college or ​university: She ​earned a bachelor’s degree in ​history from Yale.
(Definition of degree from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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