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noun [countable] grade pronunciation in American English /ɡreɪd/ 
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singulargrade
pluralgrades
  1. 1
    one of the levels of school in the U.S. that lasts one year. Students in the same grade are all about the same age

    The topic is covered in the seventh grade.

    eighth grade students

  2. 2
    a letter or number that shows the quality of a student's work

    You need to improve your grades.

    get/gain/obtain a grade:

    I got a Grade 2 for art.

  3. 3
    a level of quality or importance

    Their wool is suitable for finer grades of cloth.

    Grade A meat

    the restoration of this Grade One listed building

    top grade tennis rackets

  4. 4
    the rank of a person, for example in their job

    The technical and professional grades have become more open to women.

    He demanded to be put on a higher grade.

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