Definition of degree noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈɡriː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈɡriː//
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  1. 1   [countable] a unit for measuring angles an angle of ninety degrees (90°)
  2. 2   [countable] (abbreviation deg.) a unit for measuring temperature Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (32°F) or zero/nought degrees Celsius (0°C).
  3. 3  [countable, uncountable] the amount or level of something Her job demands a high degree of skill. I agree with you to a certain degree. To what degree can parents be held responsible for a child's behaviour? Most pop music is influenced, to a greater or lesser degree, by the blues.
  4. 4  [countable] the qualification obtained by students who successfully complete a university or college course My brother has a master's degree from Harvard. She has a degree in Biochemistry from Queen's University. a four-year degree course Wordfinderdegree, dissertation, education, graduate, hall of residence, lecture, major, seminar, tutorial, university CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/​get/​lack (an) education/​training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/​provide somebody with training/​tuition develop/​design/​plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/​syllabus give/​go to/​attend a class/​lesson/​lecture/​seminar hold/​run/​conduct a class/​seminar/​workshop sign up for/​take a course/​classes/​lessonsSchool go to/​start preschool/​kindergarten/​nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/​take/​drop history/​chemistry/​German, etc. (British English) leave/​finish/​drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/​collegeProblems at school be the victim/​target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/​skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/​cut class/​school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) 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/(British English) revision/​a project on something work on/​write/​do/​submit an essay/​a dissertation/​a thesis/​an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/​complete your dissertation/​thesis/​studies/​coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/​essay/​assignment/​paper study/​prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/​an exam take/ (both British English) do/​sit a test/​an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/​a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/​an exam pass/​fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/​an exam/​a class/​a course/​a subjectUniversity apply to/​get into/​go to/​start college/(British English) university leave/​graduate from law school/​college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/​take/ (British English) do/​complete a law degree/​a degree in physics (both North American English) major/​minor in biology/​philosophy earn/​receive/​be awarded/​get/​have/​hold a master’s degree/​a bachelor’s degree/​a PhD in economics
  5. 5[countable] (British English) a university or college course, normally lasting three years or more I'm hoping to do a chemistry degree. See related entries: Exams and degrees
  6. 6[countable] a level in a scale of how serious something is murder in the first degree (= of the most serious kind) first-degree murder third-degree (= very serious) burns
  7. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘step’, ‘tier’, ‘rank’, or ‘relative state’): from Old French, based on Latin de- ‘down’ + gradus ‘step or grade’.Extra examples By slow degrees, the company’s turnover dwindled to nothing. Candidates must have at least an upper second class honours degree. Candidates must hold a professional degree in architecture. He took a degree in law then joined a law firm. He would try anything to make her even the smallest degree happier. His arguments are simplistic to an extreme degree. I felt excitement and sadness in equal degree as I waved goodbye to my colleagues. I turned the wheel 90 degrees, If you study the sky through 360 degrees you will see a whole range of colours. It was possible to date these remains with a fair degree of accuracy. Place the shelf at a 90 degree angle to the wall. Psychologists examined her to assess the degree of her illness. She allowed us a considerable degree of freedom. She earned a joint degree in Spanish and Psychology. Temperatures inside the burning building are estimated to have reached 600 degrees centigrade. The University conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. The book fails to answer the question with any acceptable degree of certainty. The boss sometimes follows her instincts to a dangerous degree. The camera turned through 180 degrees. The car had spun through 180 degrees on impact. The children tested her patience to the nth degree. The party leaders were all found to be corrupt in varying degrees. The tax changes will especially hit those on high incomes and, to a lesser degree, small businesses. There is a degree of risk in any sport. These products don’t get the same degree of testing as officially approved medications. They work hard, but with varying degrees of success. Today we rely on computer technology to an unprecedented degree. Water boils at 100 degrees centigrade. We all tried to find out about the bus service, with varying degrees of success. We were all disappointed to a greater or lesser degree. a degree in economics a degree-level course a joint honours degree in Business Studies and Modern Languages employees of various degrees of ability institutions that grant doctoral degrees keen amateurs who work hard, with varying degrees of success people educated to degree level or beyond the utmost degree of freedom I agree with you to a certain degree. To what degree can parents be held responsible for a child’s behaviour?Idioms slowly and gradually By degrees their friendship grew into love. extremely; to an extreme degree
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