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Princeton's WordNet

  1. class, form, grade, coursenoun

    a body of students who are taught together

    "early morning classes are always sleepy"

  2. grade, level, tiernoun

    a relative position or degree of value in a graded group

    "lumber of the highest grade"

  3. gradenoun

    the gradient of a slope or road or other surface

    "the road had a steep grade"

  4. grad, gradenoun

    one-hundredth of a right angle

  5. grade, gradationnoun

    a degree of ablaut

  6. mark, grade, scorenoun

    a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)

    "she made good marks in algebra"; "grade A milk"; "what was your score on your homework?"

  7. grade, ground levelnoun

    the height of the ground on which something stands

    "the base of the tower was below grade"

  8. degree, grade, levelnoun

    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

    "a moderate grade of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree"

  9. gradeverb

    a variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior breed

  10. rate, rank, range, order, grade, placeverb

    assign a rank or rating to

    "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

  11. gradeverb

    level to the right gradient

  12. grade, score, markverb

    assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation

    "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework"

  13. gradeverb

    determine the grade of or assign a grade to


  1. gradenoun

    A rating.

    I gave him a good grade for effort.

  2. gradenoun

    The performance of an individual or group on an examination or test, expressed by a number, letter, or other symbol; a score.

    He got a good grade on the test.

  3. gradenoun

    A degree or level of something; a position within a scale; a degree of quality.

    This fine-grade coin from 1837 is worth a good amount.

  4. gradenoun

    A slope (up or down) of a roadway or other passage

    The grade of this hill is more than 5 percent

  5. gradenoun

    A level of pre-collegiate education.

  6. gradenoun

    A student of a particular grade (used with the grade level).

    The grade fives are on a field trip.

  7. gradenoun

    An area that has been graded by a grader (construction machine)

  8. gradenoun

    The level of the ground.

    This material absorbs moisture and is probably not a good choice for use below grade.

  9. gradenoun

    A gradian.

  10. gradeverb

    To assign scores to the components of an academic test.

  11. gradeverb

    To assign a score to overall academic performance.

  12. gradeverb

    To flatten, level, or smooth a large surface.

  13. gradeverb

    To remove or trim part of a seam allowance from a finished seam so as to reduce bulk and make the finished piece more even when turned right side out.

  14. Etymology: From grade, from gradus, from gradi, from gʰradʰ-. Cognate with 03320342033903380343, Gritt, grìdiju.


  1. grade

    The GRADE approach (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) is a method of assessing the certainty in evidence (also known as quality of evidence or confidence in effect estimates) and the strength of recommendations in health care. It provides a structured and transparent evaluation of the importance of outcomes of alternative management strategies, acknowledgment of patients and the public values and preferences, and comprehensive criteria for downgrading and upgrading certainty in evidence. It has important implications for those summarizing evidence for systematic reviews, health technology assessments, and clinical practice guidelines as well as other decision makers.However, when used to summarize evidence from nutritional science, dietary, lifestyle and environmental exposure the use of the GRADE approach has been criticized. That is because the GRADE system only allows for randomized controlled trials (RCT) to be rated as high evidence and rates all observational studies as low evidence because of their potential of confounding. This dismisses the strength of observational studies when it comes to long-term effects of dietary and lifestyle factors and does not reflect the key limitations that RCTs have when it comes to long-term effects. One example of a slowly progressing disease that should preferably be studied with observational studies but not RCTs is atherosclerosis.


  1. grade

    A grade is a measure of performance or quality assigned to an individual or item, typically in an educational or evaluative context. It represents an assessment of the level of proficiency, achievement, or ranking based on predetermined criteria or standards. Grades are commonly represented by letters or numerical values and are used to indicate the extent to which a person has met certain expectations or requirements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gradenoun

    a step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing; as, grades of military rank; crimes of every grade; grades of flour

  2. Gradenoun

    the rate of ascent or descent; gradient; deviation from a level surface to an inclined plane; -- usually stated as so many feet per mile, or as one foot rise or fall in so many of horizontal distance; as, a heavy grade; a grade of twenty feet per mile, or of 1 in 264

  3. Gradenoun

    a graded ascending, descending, or level portion of a road; a gradient

  4. Gradenoun

    the result of crossing a native stock with some better breed. If the crossbreed have more than three fourths of the better blood, it is called high grade

  5. Gradeverb

    to arrange in order, steps, or degrees, according to size, quality, rank, etc

  6. Gradeverb

    to reduce to a level, or to an evenly progressive ascent, as the line of a canal or road

  7. Gradeverb

    to cross with some better breed; to improve the blood of

  8. Gradenoun

    a harsh scraping or cutting; a grating

  9. Etymology: [F. grade, L. gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. Congress, Degree, Gradus.]


  1. Grade

    In rock climbing, mountaineering and other climbing disciplines, climbers give a grade to a climbing route that concisely describes the difficulty and danger of climbing the route. Different aspects of climbing each have their own grading system, and many different nationalities developed their own, distinctive grading systems. There are a number of factors that contribute to the difficulty of a climb including the technical difficulty of the moves, the strength and stamina required, the level of commitment, and the difficulty of protecting the climber. Different grading systems consider these factors in different ways, so no two grading systems have an exact one-to-one correspondence. Climbing grades are inherently subjective. They may be the opinion of one or a few climbers, often the first ascentionist or the author of a guidebook. A grade for an individual route may also be a consensus reached by many climbers who have climbed the route. While grades are usually applied fairly consistently across a climbing area, there are often perceived differences between grading at different climbing areas. Because of these variables, a given climber might find a route to be either easier or more difficult than expected for the grade applied.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grade

    grād, n. a degree or step in rank or dignity: the degree of slope on a road as compared with the horizontal: a class of animals produced by crossing a common breed with one purer—also adj.: a group of animals branching off from a common stem.—v.t. Grā′date, to cause to blend gradually from one tint of colour to another.—v.i. to effect gradation.—adv. Gradā′tim, gradually.—n. Gradā′tion, a rising step by step: progress from one degree or state to another: position attained: state of being arranged in ranks: (mus.) a diatonic succession of chords: (paint.) the gradual blending of tints.—adjs. Gradā′tional; Gradā′tioned, formed by gradations or stages; Grad′atory, proceeding step by step, adapted for walking or forward movement; Grā′dient, gradually rising: rising with a regular slope.—n. the degree of slope on a road or railway: the difference in the height of the barometer between one place and another place at some distance: an incline.—ns. Grād′ienter, a surveyor's instrument for determining grades; Grād′in, Gradine′, one of a series of rising seats, as in an amphitheatre: a raised step or ledge behind an altar; Gradin′o, a decoration for the gradin.—adj. Grad′ūal, advancing by grades or degrees: regular and slow.—n. in the Roman Church, the portion of the mass between the epistle and the gospel, formerly always sung from the steps of the altar: the book containing such anthems—also Grail.—ns. Grad′ūalism, Gradūal′ity.—adv. Grad′ūally.—v.t. Grad′ūāte, to divide into regular intervals: to mark with degrees: to proportion.—v.i. to pass by grades or degrees: to pass through a university course and receive a degree.—n. one admitted to a degree in a college, university, or society.—p.adj. Grad′ūāted, marked with degrees, as a thermometer.—ns. Grad′uateship; Gradūā′tion; Grad′ūātor, a mathematical instrument for graduating or dividing lines into regular intervals; Graduc′tion (astron.), the division of circular arcs into degrees, minutes, &c.; Grā′dus, a dictionary of Greek or Latin prosody—contraction of gradus ad Parnassum, a step or stair to Parnassus, the abode of the Muses.—Down, and Up, grade, a descending or ascending part, as of a road. [Fr.,—L. gradus, a step—gradi, to step.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. grade

    A degree of rank; a step in order or dignity.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. grade

    Synonymous with rank; peculiarly applicable to the different ranks among officers, beginning from an ensign to the commander-in-chief of an army.

Editors Contribution

  1. grade

    A group of products of equal quality.

    The strawberries are of an equal grade at the market.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

  2. grade

    The result of an exam created according to a specific education standard.

    They students get their grades and are delighted.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 25, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GRADE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grade is ranked #44109 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Grade surname appeared 488 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Grade.

    87.3% or 426 total occurrences were White.
    7.1% or 35 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grade' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4726

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grade' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4280

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grade' in Nouns Frequency: #1467

Anagrams for grade »

  1. Gerda

  2. Edgar

  3. EDGAR

  4. radge

  5. raged

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grade in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of grade in a Sentence

  1. Sinead Marron:

    There was a lot of measurement-checking to ensure that we could actually get the specimens into our Victorian, grade II listed building.

  2. Songklod Wongchai:

    It's in line with global trends as major petrochemical producers shift from commodity-grade products to specialty grade, and that's why they need to spend more on research, but given the weak economic outlook and poor domestic consumption, I'm worried about demand because everyone needs to control costs. Prices of premium grade products are much higher than normal.

  3. Jean Guerrero:

    Hell, I was on the Jay Leno Show about the book, and the LA Times couldn't care less, by any standards, I'm a success story, come from the inner city … I defy anybody to follow my father's past: eighth grade drop out, buying a house that cost $600,000 by working two jobs. You could never do it. They don't care about that, but they care about calling me a sellout, and Uncle Tom, and Jean Guerrero and the LA Times should be ashamed of themselves.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Their priorities are not my priorities and not your priorities, if the media's job is to be honest and tell the truth, the media deserves a very, very big, fat, failing grade.

  5. Raul Gonzalez:

    Volatility this year was enormous, the oil hedging program is necessary. It offers stability amid public finance and budget challenges. It’s expensive but has generated benefits, it prevents the country losing its investment grade rating and guarantees solvency.

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Translations for grade

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  • graadAfrikaans
  • درجةArabic
  • známkaCzech
  • Note, Grad, Klasse, SorteGerman
  • grado, nivel, desnivelSpanish
  • hinneEstonian
  • luiska, arvio, raastaminen, aste, taso, laatu, luokka, jyrkkyys, luokkalainen, maanpinta, [[parafyleettinen]] [[ryhmä]], arvosanaFinnish
  • mention, classeFrench
  • ग्रेडHindi
  • թվանշան, գնահատականArmenian
  • pendenza, classe, grado di pendenza, voto, livello, scuola, insegnamentoItalian
  • כיתהHebrew
  • 年, 等級, 学年Japanese
  • stopieńPolish
  • sériePortuguese
  • оце́нка, отме́тка, ранг, -кла́ссник, сорт, -кла́ссница, укло́н, класс, у́ровеньRussian

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