From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdegreede‧gree /dɪˈɡriː/ ●●● S2 W1 noun 1 [countable] (written abbreviation deg.)TM a unit for measuring temperature. 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.
Examples from the Corpusdegree• It got down to 27 degrees last night.• Maggie is doing a degree in psychology.• Her dream is to get a degree in computer science and then get a high-paying job.• Cohn has a degree in political science from the University of Chicago.• The flexibility introduced into the system by the carriers means that each group is able to operate with a degree of autonomy.• She never finished her advanced degree and was always about to lose her job as an adjunct.• The best Scourie brown trout lochs require a fair degree of fitness to reach.• There is a large degree of mobility among public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors.• a law degree• Not all of these subjects, however, may necessarily be acceptable as admission requirements for particular degree courses or particular faculties.• An achieved status is entered as a result of some degree of purposive action and choice.• And somehow-not solely by osmosis, either-we began acquiring that degree of skill and energy and initiative of quick intelligence.• To what degree is unemployment society's fault?• But do these programs really keep the pathway to a four-year degree open?degree of• All the students have different degrees of ability.degree in• a degree in historyOrigin degree (1200-1300) Old French degré, from Latin gradus “step, grade”