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Definition of class noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    in education
  1. 1[countable] a group of students who are taught together We're in the same class at school. She is the youngest in her class. The whole class was told to stay behind after school.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] an occasion when a group of students meets to be taught synonym lesson I was late for a class. See me after class. She works hard in class (= during the class). I have a history class at 9 o'clock. Topic CollocationsEducationlearning acquire/get/lack experience/training/(an) education receive/provide somebody with training develop/design/plan a curriculum/course/program/syllabus give/go to/attend a class/lesson/lecture/seminar hold/run/conduct a class/seminar/workshop moderate/lead/facilitate a discussion sign up for/take a course/classes/lessonsschool go to/start preschool/kindergarten/nursery school be in the first, second, etc. grade (at school) study/take/drop history/chemistry/German, etc. finish/drop out of/quit school graduate from high school/collegeproblems at school be the victim/target of bullying/teasing skip/cut/ (informal) ditch class/school cheat on an exam/a test get/be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/be suspended from schoolwork and exams do your homework/a project on something work on/write/do/submit an essay/a dissertation/a thesis/an assignment/a paper finish/complete your dissertation/thesis/studies hand in/turn in your homework/essay/assignment/paper study/prepare/review/ (informal) cram for a test/an exam take/ (formal) sit for a test/an exam grade homework/a test do well on/ (informal) ace a test/an exam pass/fail/ (informal) flunk a test/an exam/a class/a course/a subjectcollege apply to/get into/go to/start college leave/graduate from college (with a degree in computer science)/law school study for/work towards a law degree/a degree in physics major/minor in biology/philosophy earn/receive/be awarded/get/have/hold a master's degree/a bachelor's degree/a Ph.D. in economics
  3. 3[countable] (also classes [plural]) a series of classes on a particular subject synonym course I've been taking classes in pottery. Are you still doing your French night class?
  4. 4[countable] a group of students who finish their studies at a school or college in a particular year the class of 2008 He graduated at the top of the class.
  5. in society
  6. 5[countable] one of the groups of people in a society that are thought of as being at the same social or economic level the working/middle/upper class The party tries to appeal to all classes of society. the professional classes
  7. 6[uncountable] the way that people are divided into different social and economic groups differences of class, race, or gender the class system a society in which class is more important than ability
  8. group of people/animals
  9. 7[countable] a group of people, animals, or things that have similar characteristics or qualities It has good food for a restaurant of this class. different classes of drugs Dickens was in a different class from (= was much better than) most of his contemporaries. As a jazz singer, she's in a class of her own (= better than most others). see also first-class, high-class, low-class, second-class
  10. skill/style
  11. 8[uncountable] an elegant quality or a high level of skill that is impressive She wouldn't make a scene in public. She has class. Some fresh flowers would add a touch of class to this room.
  12. in train/plane
  13. 9[countable] (especially in compounds) each of several different levels of comfort that are available to travellers in a plane, etc. He always travels business class. The first-class compartment is situated at the front of the train. see also economy class syndrome, second-class, third-class, tourist class
  14. biology
  15. 10[countable] a group into which animals, plants, etc. that have similar characteristics are divided, below a phylum compare family, genus, species
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: class