1 measurement of angles
rotate, spin, turn

I turned the wheel 90 degrees,

through … degrees

The camera turned through 180 degrees.

The car had spun through 180 degrees on impact.

2 measurement of temperature

Temperatures inside the burning building are estimated to have reached 600 degrees centigrade.

at … degrees

Water boils at 100 degrees centigrade.

degrees Celsius, degrees centigrade, degrees Fahrenheit
degrees above zero, degrees below zero
minus 10, 20, etc. degrees
3 amount/level
considerable, good, great, high, large, substantial, the utmost

She allowed us a considerable degree of freedom.

exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable, surprising, unprecedented, unusual

Today we rely on computer technology to an unprecedented degree.

certain, fair, moderate, modest

It was possible to date these remains with a fair degree of accuracy.

low, minimal, slight, small

He would try anything to make her even the smallest degree happier.


The tax changes will especially hit those on high incomes and, to a lesser degree, small businesses.

different, variable, various, varying

They work hard, but with varying degrees of success.


These products don't get the same degree of testing as officially approved medications.

alarming, dangerous, extreme

His arguments are simplistic to an extreme degree.

acceptable, adequate (esp. AmE), meaningful (esp. AmE), real, significant

The book fails to answer the question with any acceptable degree of certainty.

appropriate, necessary, proper, requisite (esp. BrE), right
unacceptable (esp. BrE)
assess, determine

Psychologists examined her to assess the degree of her illness.

in … degrees

The party leaders were all found to be corrupt in varying degrees.

of … degree

employees of various degrees of ability

to a … degree

The boss sometimes follows her instincts to an alarming degree.

with a … degree of

We all tried to find out about the bus service, with varying degrees of success.

degree of

There is a degree of risk in any sport.

by degrees

By degrees, the company's turnover dwindled to nothing.

in equal degree

I felt excitement and sadness in equal degree as I waved goodbye to my colleagues.

a greater or lesser degree

We were all disappointed to a greater or lesser degree.

to the nth degree (= to an extreme degree)

The children tested her patience to the nth degree.

4 qualification
college, university
associate, bachelor's (esp. AmE), first (esp. BrE), ordinary (BrE), undergraduate
advanced, doctoral (esp. AmE), graduate, higher, master's, postgraduate, research (esp. BrE)
BA, MA, PhD, etc.
honours/honors (esp. BrE)
first-class, second-class, third-class (in the UK)

Candidates must have at least an upper second class honours degree.

business, history, law, medical, philosophy, etc.

Candidates must hold a professional degree in architecture.

joint, joint-honours (BrE)

She earned a joint degree in Spanish and Psychology.

four-year, two-year, etc.
part-time (esp. BrE)
have, hold
do, pursue, take

He took a degree in law then joined a law firm.

be awarded, complete, earn (esp. AmE), finish, gain, get, obtain, receive
award (sb), confer (on sb), grant (sb)

The University conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

institutions that grant doctoral degrees

course (esp. BrE), programme/program

people educated to degree level or beyond

a degree-level course (BrE)

degree in

a degree in economics

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