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gradenoun [C]

 us   /ɡreɪd/
  • grade noun [C] (MEASURE/MARK)

a ​measure of the ​quality of a student’s ​performance, usually ​represented by the ​letters A (the ​best) through F (the ​worst): She always gets good grades.
A grade is also a ​measure or ​mark of ​quality, ​amount, or ​degree: high-grade musicianship He’s ​suffering from a low-grade ​infection.
  • grade noun [C] (SCHOOL)

a ​schoolclass or ​group of ​classes in which all the ​children are of a ​similarage or ​ability: James is in the seventh grade this ​year.
  • grade noun [C] (SLOPE)

the ​degree of ​slope of ​land or of a ​road or ​path: In ​hilly San Francisco, many ​streets have a ​steep grade.

gradeverb [T]

 us   /ɡreɪd/
  • grade verb [T] (MEASURE/MARK)

to ​judge and give a ​mark to a ​student, ​exam, etc.: The ​essays were graded on ​clarity of ​expression.
To grade is also to ​separate things ​according to ​quality or ​size: Eggs are usually graded by ​size.
(Definition of grade from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"grade" in British English

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gradenoun [C]

uk   /ɡreɪd/  us   /ɡreɪd/
  • 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 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 ​schoolclass or ​group of ​classes in which all the ​children are of a ​similarage or ​ability: Jackie is in the sixth grade.

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  • grade noun [C] (SLOPE)

US a gradient : The next ​hill has a really steep grade.

gradeverb [T]

uk   /ɡreɪd/  us   /ɡreɪd/
C1 to ​separatepeople or things into different ​levels of ​quality, ​size, ​importance, etc.: The ​fruit is ​washed and then graded bysize. 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
(Definition of grade from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grade" in Business English

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gradenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡreɪd/
BANKING a ​letter or ​combination of ​letters used by ratingsagencies 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.
PRODUCTION one of the ​levels of ​quality given to a particular ​product or substance : March ​futures on commercial grade coffee ​closed at $1.04 ​perpound 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 ​policyadvice for ​ministers. a pay/​salary grade
make the grade
to be as good as expected or as good as is necessary: Many of the ​onlineshops simply ​failed to make the grade.

gradeverb [T]

uk   us   /ɡreɪd/ PRODUCTION, HR
to ​judge the ​quality of a ​product, substance, or ​organization, or the ​performance of an ​employee: The ​fibre is graded and ​packed into ​bales for ​transport to ​factories for spinning, dying, and ​milling.be graded on sth He said that ​principals and ​superintendents would be graded on ​leadership and school ​performance.be graded for sth Inside the world's largest ​coveredbuilding, the flowers are graded for ​quality and ​catalogued by ​computer.
(Definition of grade from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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