degree Definition

  • 1a unit of measurement of angles, one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the circumference of a circle
  • 2an academic rank conferred by a college or university after examination or after completion of a course of study, or conferred as an honor on a distinguished person
  • 3a stage in a scale or series, in particular

Using degree: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "degree" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She holds a degree in psychology.

  • Example

    The temperature dropped several degrees overnight.

  • Example

    He has a degree in mechanical engineering.

  • Example

    The angle is 90 degrees.

degree Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using degree

  • to some extent; somewhat


    I agree with you to a degree, but I still have some reservations.

  • to increase the intensity, magnitude, or quality of something


    The new software takes the user experience to a higher degree.

  • to a certain extent; in a way


    The success of the project was due in degree to the hard work of the team.

Phrases with degree

  • a degree granted after a two-year course of study, especially by community and junior colleges


    She earned an associate degree in nursing.

  • bachelor's degree

    an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to seven years


    He received his bachelor's degree in business administration.

  • master's degree

    a postgraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice


    She earned her master's degree in education.

Origins of degree

from Old French 'degré', from Latin 'de- (down)' + 'gradus (step or grade)'


Summary: degree in Brief

The term 'degree' [dɪˈɡriː] refers to a unit of measurement for angles, a level of academic achievement, or a stage in a scale or series. It can be used to describe temperature, angles, and academic qualifications, such as 'She holds a degree in psychology.' 'Degree' extends into phrases like 'bachelor's degree,' and idioms like 'to a degree,' denoting partial agreement, and 'take something to a higher degree,' implying increased intensity.

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