from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Scots Superiority; mastery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Pleasure, goodwill, satisfaction.
- n. One of a flight of steps.
- n. A stage in a process; a degree of rank or station.
- n. Pre-eminence; victory or superiority in combat (hence also, the prize for winning a combat).
- n. A degree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Good will; favor; pleasure; satisfaction; -- used esp. in such phrases as: to take in gree; to accept in gree; that is, to take favorably.
- n. Rank; degree; position.
- n. The prize; the honor of the day.
- intransitive v. To agree.
- n. A step.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A step; a stair.
- n. A step or degree in a series; a degree in order or rank; degree; order of precedence or merit.
- n. Pleasure; satisfaction: especially in the phrases to take, receive, or accept in gree (that is, to take, receive, or accept kindly or with favor).
- To agree; consent.
- To live in amity.
- To reconcile (parties at variance).
Middle English gre, from Old French, step, from Latin gradus; see grade.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gré ("pleasure, goodwill"), from Latin gratum, a noun use of the neuter of gratus ("pleasing"). (Wiktionary)
From Old French gré, from Latin gradum ("step"). Compare degree, grade. (Wiktionary)