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  ( grades    plural & 3rd person present)   ( grading    present participle)   ( graded    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something is graded, its quality is judged, and it is often given a number or a name that indicates how good or bad it is.  
Dust masks are graded according to the protection they offer...      be V-ed  
South Point College does not grade the students' work.      V n  
...a three-tier grading system.      V-ing  
2       n-count   The grade of a product is its quality, especially when this has been officially judged.  
with supp, oft adj N, N num  
...a good grade of plywood., ...a grade II listed building.     
      Grade is also a combining form., comb in adj  
...weapons-grade plutonium., ...aviation fuel and high-grade oil.     
3       n-count   Your grade in an examination or piece of written work is the mark you get, usually in the form of a letter or number, that indicates your level of achievement.  
with supp, oft adj N, N num  
What grade are you hoping to get?..., There was a lot of pressure on you to obtain good grades.     
4       n-count   Your grade in a company or organization is your level of importance or your rank.  
with supp  
Staff turnover is particularly high among junior grades.     
5       n-count   In the United States, a grade is a group of classes in which all the children are of a similar age. When you are six years old you go into the first grade and you leave school after the twelfth grade.  
usu with supp, oft ord N  
Mr White teaches first grade in south Georgia.     
6       n-count   A grade is a slope.  
She drove up a steep grade and then began the long descent into the desert.     
in BRIT, use gradient     
7       n-count   Someone's grade is their military rank.  
I was a naval officer, lieutenant junior grade.     
8    If someone makes the grade, they succeed, especially by reaching a particular standard.  
make the grade      phrase   V inflects  
She had a strong desire to be a dancer but failed to make the grade.     

grade crossing        ( grade crossings    plural  ) A grade crossing is a place where a railroad track crosses a road at the same level.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use level crossing     
grade school        ( grade schools    plural  ) In the United States, a grade school is the same as an elementary school.      n-var   oft in N  
I was just in grade school at the time, but I remember it perfectly.     
Weapons-grade substances such as uranium or plutonium are of a quality which makes them suitable for use in the manufacture of nuclear weapons.      adj   ADJ n which can produce weapons-grade uranium.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    brand, category, class, condition, degree, echelon, group, level, mark, notch, order, place, position, quality, rank, rung, size, stage, station, step  
2    make the grade        (informal)   come through with flying colours, come up to scratch     (informal)   measure up, measure up to expectations, pass muster, prove acceptable, succeed, win through  
3    acclivity, bank, declivity, gradient, hill, incline, rise, slope  
4    arrange, brand, class, classify, evaluate, group, order, range, rank, rate, sequence, sort, value  

bad, bush-league     (Austral. & N.Z. informal)   chickenshit     (U.S. slang)   dime-a-dozen     (informal)   duff     (informal)   inferior, low-rent     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   not good enough, not up to snuff     (informal)   of a sort or of sorts, piss-poor     (taboo slang)   poor, poxy     (slang)   second-rate, substandard, tinhorn     (U.S. slang)   two-bit     (U.S. & Canad. slang)  

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