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1. A stage or degree in a process.
2. A position in a scale of size, quality, or intensity: a poor grade of lumber.
3. An accepted level or standard.
4. A set of persons or things all falling in the same specified limits; a class.
a. A level of academic development in an elementary, middle, or secondary school: learned fractions in the fourth grade.
b. A group of students at such a level: The third grade has recess at 10:30.
c. grades Elementary school.
6. A number, letter, or symbol indicating a student's level of accomplishment: a passing grade in history.
7. A military, naval, or civil service rank.
8. The degree of inclination of a slope, road, or other surface: the steep grade of the mountain road.
9. A slope or gradual inclination, especially of a road or railroad track: slowed the truck when he approached the grade.
10. The level at which the ground surface meets the foundation of a building.
11. A domestic animal produced by crossbreeding one of purebred stock with one of ordinary stock.
12. Linguistics A degree of ablaut.
v. grad·ed, grad·ing, grades
1. To arrange in grades; sort or classify: How is motor oil graded?
a. To determine the quality of (academic work, for example); evaluate: graded the book reports.
b. To give a grade to (a student, for example).
3. To level or smooth to a desired or horizontal gradient: bulldozers graded the road.
4. To gradate.
5. To improve the quality of (livestock) by crossbreeding with purebred stock.
To change or progress gradually: piles of gravel that grade from coarse to fine.

[French, from Latin gradus; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.]

grad′a·ble adj.


forming part of a series of things that gradually increase or decrease in standard, value, difficulty, etc(of a road) levelled off so that it is less steep
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Adj.1.graded - arranged in a sequence of grades or ranks; "stratified areas of the distribution"
hierarchal, hierarchic, hierarchical - classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers; "it has been said that only a hierarchical society with a leisure class at the top can produce works of art"; "in her hierarchical set of values honesty comes first"


[ˈgreɪdɪd] ADJgraduado
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Consequently, although students may believe their completed assignments are well done given the time available, they may be graded unfavorably by the teacher.
Tumors are graded according to a three-tiered scoring system, which is based on an evaluation of several morphologic characteristics: the amount of intracystic component, the type of cell composition, the pattern of invasion, the presence or absence of necrosis, the mitotic count, and the degree of nuclear pleomorphism.
In language arts, no test was to be graded below "50," even one that was turned in blank.
Although it looks like a ghost town, the mall once so close to the Valley Girl's heart is still open, so we graded it.
1) The Wilson graded schools, one for white children and one for black children, had closed in 1884, and the editor now hoped to persuade merchants and planters in and about Wilson to finance the white graded school privately, although not the school for black children.
The first major auction sale containing only numerically third-party graded stamps realized a total of $1,035,000 (all prices include the 15% buyer's premium), well over the presale estimate of $700,000, with 96% of the lots sold by value.
If it is merely to have twelve grades at the end of the term or that departmental policy requires that all work be graded, these will become ends in themselves, and the interpretation of the final assigned grade will become even more difficult.
For nearly a quarter century I taught, discussed, assigned, assessed, and graded, in some order or another.
The concept of bringing fans authenticated memorabilia and graded cards in one package is an exciting one," said Beckett.
Our PSA card grading services allow participants in online auctions to bid freely and confidently, knowing the item on which they are bidding is both authentic and correctly graded.