doc·​tor·​ate | \ ˈdäk-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce doctorate (audio) \

Definition of doctorate

: the degree, title, or rank of a doctor

Examples of doctorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manzoor tells the story from the perspective of Amina Hussain (Anjana Vasan), who lives in London and is working on her doctorate in microbiology. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 His new wife, Amy, was working on her doctorate at the University of Texas. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2021 Two years later, then-Education Minister Annette Schavan resigned after a university withdrew her doctorate. Geir Moulson, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Gilbert, now 33, earned a master’s degree in social work and is working toward his doctorate. Heidi Stevens,, 11 May 2021 Gallo earned her bachelor's degree in agronomy from Cornell University, her master's in crop science and her doctorate in genetics from North Carolina State University. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2021 In 2012, Jana Gallus, a brilliant young economist studying for her doctorate at the University of Zurich, learned of a problem plaguing Wikipedia—and saw an opportunity to run an early test of the value of gamification. Katy Milkman, Wired, 4 May 2021 After earning her doctorate in education leadership, Peterson worked for a decade in the education department at the San Diego Humane Society. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Neurable was hatched on the campus of the University of Michigan in 2015, where CEO Ramses Alcaide earned his doctorate., 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of doctorate

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doctorate was in 1570

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8 Jun 2021

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“Doctorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doctorate

: the highest degree that is given by a university

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