grade

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.

Definitions of grade
  1. noun
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    “a moderate grade of intelligence”
    synonyms: 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
    grind
    the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
    depth
    degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
    highness
    a high degree (of amount or force etc.)
    high
    a lofty level or position or degree
    low
    a low level or position or degree
    lowness
    a low or small degree of any quality (amount or force or temperature etc.)
    extreme
    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
    top
    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
    reasonableness
    moderation in expectations
    excess, excessiveness, inordinateness
    immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
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    property
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
    “lumber of the highest grade
    synonyms: 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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    rank
    relative status
  3. noun
    a body of students who are taught together
    synonyms: class, course, form
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    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
  4. noun
    a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
    grade A milk”
    synonyms: 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
    decile
    (statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
    quartile
    (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
  5. noun
    a degree of ablaut
    synonyms: gradation
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    ablaut
    a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
  6. verb
    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
  7. verb
    assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
    grade tests”
    synonyms: mark, score
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    appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
  8. verb
    assign a rank or rating to
    synonyms: order, place, range, rank, rate
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    superordinate
    place in a superior order or rank
    shortlist
    put someone or something on a short list
    seed
    distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
    reorder
    assign a new order to
    subordinate
    rank or order as less important or consider of less value
    prioritise, prioritize
    assign a priority to
    sequence
    arrange in a sequence
    downgrade
    rate lower; lower in value or esteem
    upgrade
    rate higher; raise in value or esteem
    invert, reverse
    reverse the position, order, relation, or condition of
    countermarch
    change the order of soldiers during a march
    outclass
    cause to appear in a lower class
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  9. noun
    one-hundredth of a right angle
    synonyms: grad
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    angular unit
    a unit of measurement for angles
  10. noun
    the gradient of a slope or road or other surface
    “the road had a steep grade
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    rise, rising slope, upgrade
    the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises
    downgrade
    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
  11. noun
    the height of the ground on which something stands
    “the base of the tower was below grade
    synonyms: ground level
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    elevation
    distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)
  12. verb
    level to the right gradient
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    aggrade
    build up to a level by depositing sediment
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    even, even out, flush, level
    make level or straight
  13. noun
    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
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