verb (used with object), grad·ed, grad·ing.
verb (used without object), grad·ed, grad·ing.
- on the same level: A railroad crosses a highway at grade.
- (of a stream bed) so adjusted to conditions of slope and the volume and speed of water that no gain or loss of sediment takes place.
Origin of grade
Synonyms for grade
Related Words for make the gradesatisfy, gratify, amuse, tickle, cheer, entertain, charm, wow, enable, score, certify, train, entitle, pass, ready, meet, placate, elate, fascinate, flatter
- a part of a railway, road, etc, that slopes upwards or downwards; inclination
- Also called: gradienta measure of such a slope, esp the ratio of the vertical distance between two points on the slope to the horizontal distance between them
- on the same level
- (of a river profile or land surface) at an equilibrium level and slope, because there is a balance between erosion and deposition
- to reach the required standard
- to succeed
Word Origin for grade
1650s, "to arrange in grades," from grade (n.). Related: Graded; grading.
1510s, "degree of measurement," from French grade "grade, degree" (16c.), from Latin gradus "step, pace, gait, walk;" figuratively "a step, stage, degree," related to gradi "to walk, step, go," from PIE *ghredh- (cf. Lithuanian gridiju "to go, wander," Old Church Slavonic gredo "to come," Old Irish in-greinn "he pursues," and second element in congress, progress, etc.).
Replaced Middle English gree "step, degree in a series," from Old French grei "step," from Latin gradus. Railway sense is from 1811. Meaning "class of things having the same quality or value" is from 1807; meaning "division of a school curriculum equivalent to one year" is from 1835; that of "letter-mark indicating assessment of a student's work" is from 1886 (earlier used of numerical grades). Grade A "top quality, fit for human consumption" (originally of milk) is from a U.S. system instituted in 1912.
make the grade
Satisfy the requirements, qualify; also, succeed. For example, Angela hoped her work in the new school would make the grade, or Barbara certainly has made the grade as a trial lawyer. This expression uses grade in the sense of “accepted standard.” [c. 1900]
see make the grade.