Meaning of DEGREE in English

DEGREE

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

You use ~ to indicate the extent to which something happens or is the case, or the amount which something is felt.

These man-made barriers will ensure a very high ~ of protection...

Politicians have used television with varying ~s of success.

N-COUNT: with supp, usu N of n

If something has a ~ of a particular quality, it has a small but significant amount of that quality.

Their wages do, however, allow them a ~ of independence...

PHRASE: PHR n

2.

A ~ is a unit of measurement that is used to measure temperatures. It is often written as °, for example 23°.

It’s over 80 ~s outside...

N-COUNT: usu num N

3.

A ~ is a unit of measurement that is used to measure angles, and also longitude and latitude. It is often written as °, for example 23°.

It was pointing outward at an angle of 45 ~s.

N-COUNT: usu num N

4.

A ~ at a university or college is a course of study that you take there, or the qualification that you get when you have passed the course.

He took a master’s ~ in economics at Yale.

...the first year of a ~ course.

N-COUNT: usu with supp

5.

see also first-~ , second-~ , third-~

6.

If something happens by ~s, it happens slowly and gradually.

The crowd in Robinson’s Coffee-House was thinning, but only by ~s.

= gradually

PHRASE

7.

You use expressions such as to some ~, to a large ~, or to a certain ~ in order to indicate that something is partly true, but not entirely true.

These statements are, to some ~, all correct.

PHRASE: PHR with cl vagueness

8.

You use expressions such as to what ~ and to the ~ that when you are discussing how true a statement is, or in what ways it is true.

To what ~ would you say you had control over things that went on?...

= to what extent, to the extent that

PHRASE vagueness

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