degreede‧gree /dɪˈɡriː/ ●●●S2W1 noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable] (written abbreviation deg.)TM a unit for measuringtemperature. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 70° means 70 degrees 🔊 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.20 degrees Celsius/70 degrees Fahrenheit/1 degree Centigrade etc 🔊 The temperature dropped to five degrees Centigrade.2[countable] (written abbreviation deg.) a unit for measuring the size of an angle. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 18° means 18 degrees 🔊 Then the cylinder is rotated 180 degrees.3[countable, uncountable]AMOUNT the level or amount of somethingdegree of 🔊 1960s Britain was characterised by a greater degree of freedom than before. 🔊 Newspapers vary in the degree to which they emphasize propaganda rather than information.4 →to a degree5[countable] a course of study at a university or college, or the qualification that is given to you when you have successfully completed the coursedegree in 🔊 a degree in Economics 🔊 Applicants must have a degree in Engineering. 🔊 an Honours degree6 →by degreesCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 5: a course of study at a university or college, or the qualification that is given to you when you have successfully completed the courseADJECTIVES/NOUN + degree a good degree (=that you pass at a good level)Mature students are more likely to get a good degree.a university/college degreeFor many jobs you need to have a university degree.a first-class/second-class/third-class degree (=the level at which you pass a degree at a British university)She was awarded a first-class degree.an honours degree (=a British university degree that is above pass level)The ideal candidate will have an honours degree.a first/undergraduate degree (=the lowest level of degree)First degrees usually take three or four years.a higher/postgraduate degree (=one that you take after a first degree)He was offered a grant for a postgraduate degree.a master's degree (=a higher degree for which you study for one or two years)She's taking her master's degree.a science degree (=in a science subject)The government is encouraging more people to get a science degree.an arts degree (=in a subject that is not science)She has an arts degree from Sussex University.a history/chemistry/law etc degreeI decided to do a Maths degree.a joint degree British English (=in which you study two subjects)a joint degree in Economics and Statisticsa research degree (=a higher degree for which you do your own research)verbshave a degreeYou will earn more if you have a college degree.hold a degree formal (=have one)The ideal candidate will hold a degree in physical chemistry.do/take a degree in something (=study for a degree)Not enough students are taking degrees in Physics.get/gain a degreeShe worked hard and got a good degree.be awarded a degree formal (=get one)At the end of the three years, he was awarded a first-class honours degree.nounsa degree courseI didn't enjoy the first year of my degree course.degree levelCandidates should be educated to degree level.