[[t]klɑ͟ːs, klæ̱s[/t]]
classes, classing, classed
1) N-COUNT A class is a group of pupils or students who are taught together.

He had to spend about six months in a class with younger students...

Reducing class sizes should be a top priority.

2) N-COUNT: oft n N A class is a course of teaching in a particular subject.

He acquired a law degree by taking classes at night...

I go to dance classes here in New York.

3) N-UNCOUNT: in N If you do something in class, you do it during a lesson in school.

There is lots of reading in class.

4) N-SING: N of date The students in a school or university who finish their course in a particular year are often referred to as the class of that year.

These two members of Yale's Class of '57 never miss a reunion.

5) N-VAR Class refers to the division of people in a society into groups according to their social status.
See also , middle class, , working class

...the relationship between social classes...

What it will do is create a whole new ruling class.

...the characteristics of the British class structure.

6) N-COUNT: usu N of n A class of things is a group of them with similar characteristics.

Harbour staff noticed that measurements given for the same class of boats often varied.

...the division of the stars into six classes of brightness.

7) VERB If someone or something is classed as a particular thing, they are regarded as belonging to that group of things.

[be V-ed as n/adj] Since they can and do successfully inter-breed they cannot be classed as different species...

[V pron-refl as n] I class myself as an ordinary working person...

[V n as adj/n] I would class my garden as medium in size...

[V-ed] Malaysia wants to send back refugees classed as economic migrants.

8) N-UNCOUNT (approval) If you say that someone or something has class, you mean that they are elegant and sophisticated. [INFORMAL]

He's got the same style off the pitch as he has on it - sheer class.

9) ADJ: ADJ n If you describe someone or something as a class person or thing, you mean that they are very good. [JOURNALISM, INFORMAL]

Kite is undoubtedly a class player.

10) See also , first-class, , third-class, , world-class
11) PHRASE: N inflects If you say that someone such as a sports player or a performer is a class act, you mean that they are very good at what they do. [mainly JOURNALISM, INFORMAL]
12) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If someone is in a class of their own, they have more of a particular skill or quality than anyone else. If something is in a class of its own, it is better than any other similar thing.

As a player, he was in a class of his own.

English dictionary. 2008.

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