♦♦♦grades, grading, graded1) VERB If something is graded, its quality is judged, and it is often given a number or a name that indicates how good or bad it is.
[be V-ed] Dust masks are graded according to the protection they offer...
[V n] South Point College does not grade the students' work.
[V-ing] ...a three-tier grading system.2) N-COUNT: with supp, oft adj N, N num The grade of a product is its quality, especially when this has been officially judged.
...a good grade of plywood.
...a grade II listed building.COMB in ADJGrade is also a combining form.
...weapons-grade plutonium. ... aviation fuel and high-grade oil.3) N-COUNT: with supp, oft adj N, N num Your grade in an examination or piece of written work is the mark you get, usually in the form of a letter or number, that indicates your level of achievement.
What grade are you hoping to get?...
There was a lot of pressure on you to obtain good grades.4) N-COUNT: with supp Your grade in a company or organization is your level of importance or your rank.
Staff turnover is particularly high among junior grades.5) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft ord N In the United States, a grade is a group of classes in which all the children are of a similar age. When you are six years old you go into the first grade and you leave school after the twelfth grade.
Mr White teaches first grade in south Georgia.6) N-COUNT A grade is a slope. [AM](in BRIT, use gradient)
She drove up a steep grade and then began the long descent into the desert.7) N-COUNT Someone's grade is their military rank. [AM]
I was a naval officer, lieutenant junior grade.Syn:8) PHRASE: V inflects If someone makes the grade, they succeed, especially by reaching a particular standard.
She had a strong desire to be a dancer but failed to make the grade.Syn:
English dictionary. 2008.