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Definition of grade noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a letter or number given on an exam or for a piece of school work She got good grades on her exams. 70% of students got a grade of C or above.
  2. 2one of the levels in a school with children of similar age Sam is in (the) second grade.
  3. 3the quality of a particular product or material All the materials used were of the highest grade.
  4. 4= gradient
  5. 5a level of ability or rank that someone has in an organization salary grades (= levels of pay)
  6. 6(technology) how serious an illness is low/high grade fever
  7. Idioms
    make the grade (informal)
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    to reach the necessary standard; to succeed About 10% of trainees fail to make the grade.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grade