Grade means "to evaluate or rank," like teachers who grade their students or a food inspector who grades a crop, determining whether it is "food-grade."

Grade can be both a noun and a verb. The verb form is used when you grade something, meaning you assign it a value. The actual mark assigned is the noun version of the word grade, such as an A or B. The noun grade can be used to indicate the rank or quality of other items as well, like professional-grade cookware. Grade can also describe the slope of a mountain or road, like a steep grade that is dangerous in bad weather.

Primary Meanings of grade

a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
determine the grade of or assign a grade to
one-hundredth of a right angle
level to the right gradient
a variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior breed
Full Definitions of grade

n a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

“a moderate grade of intelligence”
degree, level
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caliber, calibre, quality
a degree or grade of excellence or worth
intensity, intensiveness
high level or degree; the property of being intense
the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
a high degree (of amount or force etc.)
a lofty level or position or degree
a low level or position or degree
a low or small degree of any quality (amount or force or temperature etc.)
the furthest or highest degree of something
amplitude level
the level on a scale of amplitude
moderateness, moderation
quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
immoderateness, immoderation
the quality of being excessive and lacking in moderation
SPF, sun protection factor
the degree to which a sunscreen protects the skin from the direct rays of the sun
high quality, superiority
the quality of being superior
inferiority, low quality
an inferior quality
force, forcefulness, strength
physical energy or intensity
badness, severeness, severity
used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
emphasis, vehemence
intensity or forcefulness of expression
the greatest possible intensity
ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness
the property of being wild or turbulent
profoundness, profundity
intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc
shallowness, superficiality
lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
golden mean
the middle between extremes
moderation in expectations
excess, excessiveness, inordinateness
immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
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a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n a relative position or degree of value in a graded group

“lumber of the highest grade
level, tier
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biosafety level
the level of safety from exposure to infectious agents; depends on work practices and safety equipment and facilities
A level
the advanced level of a subject taken in school (usually two years after O level)
GCSE, General Certificate of Secondary Education, O level
the basic level of a subject taken in school
college level
the level of education that college students are assumed to have attained
biosafety level 1
exposure only to infectious agents that do not ordinarily cause human disease
biosafety level 2
exposure to infectious agents that can cause disease in humans but whose potential for transmission is limited
biosafety level 3
exposure to infectious agents that can be transmitted by the respiratory route and which can cause serious infection
biosafety level 4
exposure to exotic infectious agents that pose a high risk of life-threatening disease and can be transmitted as an aerosol and for which there is no vaccine or therapy
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relative status

n a body of students who are taught together

class, course, form
master class
a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert
discussion section, section
a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately
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assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

n a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)

grade A milk”
mark, score
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grade point
a numerical value assigned to a letter grade received in a course taken at a college or university multiplied by the number of credit hours awarded for the course
centile, percentile
(statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
(statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
(statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
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evaluation, rating, valuation
an appraisal of the value of something

n a degree of ablaut

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a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)

v determine the grade of or assign a grade to

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assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
arrange or order by classes or categories

v assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation

grade tests”
mark, score
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appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

v assign a rank or rating to

order, place, range, rank, rate
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place in a superior order or rank
put someone or something on a short list
distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
assign a new order to
rank or order as less important or consider of less value
prioritise, prioritize
assign a priority to
arrange in a sequence
rate lower; lower in value or esteem
rate higher; raise in value or esteem
invert, reverse
reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of
change the order of soldiers during a march
cause to appear in a lower class
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evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

n one-hundredth of a right angle

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angular unit
a unit of measurement for angles

n the gradient of a slope or road or other surface

“the road had a steep grade
rise, rising slope, upgrade
the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
the property possessed by a slope or surface that descends
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gradient, slope
the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

n the height of the ground on which something stands

“the base of the tower was below grade
ground level
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distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)

v level to the right gradient

build up to a level by depositing sediment
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even, even out, flush, level
make level or straight

n a variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior breed

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Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen
domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age