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verb [transitive] grade pronunciation in American English /ɡreɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegrading
past tensegraded
past participlegraded
  1. 1
    to judge the quality of a students work by giving it a letter or number

    The teachers did not grade their own students’ papers.

  2. 2
    to separate things into different groups according to quality, size, importance, etc.

    Grading meat is an important responsibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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