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Understood to have made the grade (8)


I believe the answer is:


Here is my best explanation:

'understood' is the definition.
('gather' can be a synonym of 'understand')

'made the grade' is the wordplay.
'made' indicates an anagram.
'thegrade' with letters rearranged gives 'GATHERED'.

'to have' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard