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degree

de·gree

degree

 
pronunciation:
dih gri
phrases:
to a degree, by degrees
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a stage or step, esp. as part of a course of action or process.
The meaning of a word typically changes by degrees over time.
synonyms:
level, phase, stage, step
similar words:
gradation, notch, plane, scale
definition 2: measure or extent.
The report was well-researched and showed a high degree of accuracy.
synonyms:
extent, order, scale
similar words:
amount, breadth, gauge, level, magnitude, measure, pitch, quality, quantity, size, volume
definition 3: a unit of measure, such as that on a temperature scale.
The temperature dropped by twenty degrees during the night.Today's high temperature was seventy-two degrees.
synonyms:
gradation, grade
similar words:
notch, point, scale, standard, value
definition 4: rank, status, or social position.
Her marriage to a man of this social degree elevated the status of her own family.
synonyms:
position, rank, standing, station, status
similar words:
caste, estate, grade, level, situation
definition 5: an academic title granted by a university or college.
She was the first in her family to earn a college degree.He has a degree in English literature.The university awarded the actress an honorary degree.
similar words:
diploma, sheepskin
definition 6: in law, a classification of a crime based on its seriousness.
He was accused of murder in the first degree.
phrase: to a degree
phrase: by degrees
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