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Definition of degree noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 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 behavior? 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 the University of Virginia. a four-year degree course 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
  5. 5[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
  6. Idioms slowly and gradually By degrees their friendship grew into love.
    to the nth degree
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    extremely; to an extreme degree
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: degree