Meaning of GRADE in English

/ greɪd; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


the quality of a particular product or material :

All the materials used were of the highest grade.


a level of ability or rank that sb has in an organization :

salary grades (= levels of pay)

She's still only on a secretarial grade.


a mark given in an exam or for a piece of school work :

( BrE )

She got good grades in her exams.

( NAmE )

She got good grades on her exams.

70% of pupils got Grade C or above.


(in the US school system) one of the levels in a school with children of similar age :

Sam is in (the) second grade.


( technical ) how serious an illness is :

low / high grade fever


( especially NAmE ) = gradient


( BrE ) a level of exam in musical skill


- make the grade

■ verb


grade sth/sb (by / according to sth) | grade sth (as sth) [ often passive ] to arrange people or things in groups according to their ability, quality, size, etc. :

[ vn ]

The containers are graded according to size.

Eggs are graded from small to extra large

Responses were graded from 1 (very satisfied) to 5 (not at all satisfied).

[ vn - adj ]

Ten beaches were graded as acceptable.


( especially NAmE ) to give a mark / grade to a student or to a piece of their written work :

[ vn ]

I spent all weekend grading papers.

[ vn - n ]

The best students are graded A.

—compare mark



early 16th cent.: from French , or from Latin gradus step. Originally used as a unit of measurement of angles (a degree of arc), the term later referred to degrees of merit or quality.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.