grade up
transitive verb Date: 1903 to improve by breeding females to purebred males

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • grade up — transitive verb : to improve the quality or grade of by gradual degrees spent much money grading up his herd of cattle : improve, raise important that we grade up the standard of scholarship …   Useful english dictionary

  • grade up — improve, make better …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grade — grade; grade·abil·i·ty; grav·i·grade; or·tho·grade; pha·lan·gi·grade; pro·no·grade; rec·ti·grade; re·grade; ret·ro·grade·ly; sub·grade; tal·i·grade; un·gu·li·grade; an·te·grade; mul·ti·grade; posi·grade; an·ter·o·grade; cen·ti·grade; de·grade;… …   English syllables

  • grade — /grayd/, n., v., graded, grading. n. 1. a degree or step in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value, or intensity: the best grade of paper. 2. a class of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc. 3. a step or stage in a… …   Universalium

  • grade — [[t]greɪd[/t]] n. v. grad•ed, grad•ing 1) a degree or step in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value, or intensity 2) a class of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc 3) a step or stage in a course or process 4) edu… …   From formal English to slang

  • up — I. adverb Etymology: partly from Middle English up upward, from Old English ūp; partly from Middle English uppe on high, from Old English; both akin to Old High German ūf up and probably to Latin sub under, Greek hypo under, hyper over more at… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Up grade — Grade Grade (gr[=a]d), n. [F. grade, L. gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. {Congress}, {Degree}, {Gradus}.] 1. A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing; as, grades of military rank;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grade — [grād] n. [Fr < L gradus, a step, degree, rank < gradi, to step, walk < IE base * ghredh , to stride > Goth griths, step] 1. any of the stages in an orderly, systematic progression; step; degree 2. a) a degree or rating in a scale… …   English World dictionary

  • up — up; close·up; come·up·pance; syr·up·er; UP; up·braid; up·braid·er; up·braid·ing·ly; up·by; up·do; up·gang; up·haud; up·heav·al; up·heav·al·ist; up·heave; up·heave·ment; up·hold·er; up·hol·stered; up·hol·ster·er; up·hol·ster·ess; up·hol·stery;… …   English syllables

  • Grade — (gr[=a]d), n. [F. grade, L. gradus step, pace, grade, from gradi to step, go. Cf. {Congress}, {Degree}, {Gradus}.] 1. A step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing; as, grades of military rank; crimes of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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