1 degree, position, rank, status, stage, standing, station, gradation, echelon, class, level, category, condition, state, estate, situation, rung:
She is a singer of the first grade.
2 rating, mark, score:
What grade did you get in physics?
3 class, form, year:
My daughter is in the third grade.
4 hill, slope, rise, gradient, acclivity, declivity, incline, decline, ascent, descent, upgrade, downgrade:
The car coasted down a gentle grade into the lake.
5 make the grade. pass, measure up, succeed, qualify, Colloq US make it, Slang US and Canadian and New Zealand hack or cut it:
Do you think that Simpson can make the grade?
6 classify, class, order, organize, rank, sort, size, group, categorize, rate:
Her job is to grade pearls according to their size.
7 mark, rate, correct, evaluate:
My teacher was up late grading our exams.
a piece of high grade building land He still wants to play top grade football.
| low, poor
low grade steel
2 mark given for a piece of work/an exam
The oral exam constitutes 10% of the final grade.
| excellent, good, high | low, poor
VERB + GRADE
achieve, attain, get, receive
She got very good grades in her exams.
| award (sb)
3 level of importance/level of pay at work
He has asked to be put onto a higher grade. large pay rises for senior grades
| junior, low | management | manual
at a/the … ~
She was offered a job at a lower grade.
| on a/the … ~
the people on management grades verb
a series of modern stories carefully graded for beginner to intermediate students
The timber is graded according to its thickness.
The containers are graded by size.
| from … to …
Eggs are graded from small to extra large.
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