1 grade, level, stage, class, caste, rank, order, scale, standing, status, station, position, situation, estate, condition:
He is entertaining a lady of high degree.
2 measure, magnitude, extent, limit, point; lengths, step:
All our needs, desires, and goals are biologically determined to some degree.
3 by degrees. little by little, bit by bit, step by step, inch by inch, inchmeal, gradually, slowly, (almost) imperceptibly:
By degrees, her health has improved.
4 to a degree.
(a) rather, somewhat, quite:
She is to a degree a better dancer than he.
(b) substantially, considerably, highly, decidedly, exceedingly, to a considerable extent:
She must be stupid to a degree if she believes in levitation.