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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
make the grade
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a level, degree, or rank in a scale.
The store sells only the highest grade of beef.Diamonds of this grade are not used in fine jewelry.Only recruits who reach the highest grade are selected for these special assignments.
level, notch, position, quality, rank, standing, status
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class, degree, league, rate, scale, stage, station, step, tier
definition 2: a division made by age to group school children for instruction, or the children who belong to such a division.
My son is in second grade.The sixth grade went to the museum yesterday.
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definition 3: a number or letter that indicates the relative quality of schoolwork.
I worked hard to get a good grade in that class.What grade did you get on your paper?
mark, score
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definition 4: the degree of inclination of a road or railroad.
My car could never make it up such a steep grade.
gradient, rise
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acclivity, declination, decline, declivity, downgrade, hill, inclination, incline, pitch, slant, slope, upgrade
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phrase: make the grade
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: grades, grading, graded
definition 1: to assign a rank according to quality; give a grade to; evaluate.
Teachers spend a lot of time grading papers.
evaluate, mark, rate
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definition 2: to organize or sort by steps or degrees; class.
The lessons are graded so that they start out easy and become more challenging.They grade the eggs according to size and quality.
categorize, class, classify, graduate, group, rank, rate, sort, type
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arrange, coordinate, methodize, order, organize, pigeonhole, place, position, size, value
definition 3: to make level or even.
The crew graded the road.
even, level, smooth
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flatten, pitch, roll, steamroller
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be arranged in grades or stages.
definition 2: to be of a particular level of quality.
rank, rate
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Word History
The word grade comes from a Latin word that means "a step" or "a degree."
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  education, measurement, number, school
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