degree /dɪˈgriː/ noun
plural degrees
plural degrees
Learner's definition of DEGREE
[count] : a unit for measuring temperature
abbreviation deg.
[count] : a unit for measuring the size of an angle
abbreviation deg.
: an amount or level that can be measured or compared to another amount or level
usually + of
[noncount] : a measure of how severe or serious something is
see also first-degree, second-degree, third-degree
[count] : an official document and title that is given to someone who has successfully completed a series of classes at a college or university

by degrees

: very slowly : by a series of small changes

to some degree

also to a (certain) degree
: not completely but partly

to the nth degree

see nth
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