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

Definition of doctorate

: the degree, title, or rank of a doctor

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Wiedenhoeft, who with Renate founded a company that provides high-quality images for art-history classes, went on to complete his doctorate at Columbia, wrote several books on architecture and housing, and taught at several universities. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Imprisoned for months as an accused spy, then released — it happened in 1968, too," 5 June 2018 He was posthumously subjected to racist rants, some demanding that Boston University rescind his doctorate. The Economist, "The making of Martin Luther King’s speeches," 28 Mar. 2018 Finally, in 2016, at the age of 56, Terry Jo was awarded her doctorate degree. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Women are awarded 57% of all bachelor’s degrees and a majority of master’s and doctorate degrees in America, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Working Women Often Underestimate Motherhood Costs," 26 June 2018 Watt was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and addressed the School of Medicine graduates during a commencement ceremony on Tuesday night in Houston. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "J.J. Watt presented with honorary doctorate degree from Baylor College of Medicine," 30 May 2018 Erroneous doctoral stipends Pima Elementary School Principal Alexis Cruz-Freeman and Director of Elementary Curriculum Michael Roberts were each receiving $3,000 stipends paid in installments for holding doctorate degrees. Yihyun Jeong, azcentral, "Scottsdale schools administrator strikes deal to resign and end misconduct probe," 25 May 2018 Kaptur had been a domestic policy adviser for President Jimmy Carter and was pursuing a doctorate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when Ruvolo recruited her to run for Congress in 1982. Washington Post, "Ohio congresswoman sets mark for longest tenure by female," 25 Mar. 2018 Stenglein, who has a doctorate in wildlife ecology from UW, splits her time at the DNR managing Snapshot Wisconsin and serving as a deer research scientist. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018

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1570, in the meaning defined above

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: the highest degree that is given by a university

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the range of authority or knowledge

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