\ˈgrad \

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Definition of grad (Entry 2 of 3)

: one hundredth of a right angle

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These days, Will and Kate live in Kensington Palace in London, but back in her bachelorette phase, Kate wasn't living in a hovel with roommates and subsisting on ramen and hope like many recent grads. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Net Worth Before She Married Prince William Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 22 Sep. 2018 For example, the average salary for recent college grads was just over $51,000 in 2017, according to the National Assn. Anna Helhoski, latimes.com, "Student loan interest rates just went up again," 6 July 2018 Alonso, a recent IUPUI grad, said the IUYA has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to undocumented students since its 2012 start. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "After Trump's immigration policy sparks 'anger and hurt,' Hoosiers plan downtown march," 29 June 2018 Bake something for a friend who is in the hospital, visit an elderly person, offer to babysit for a young mom, help a recent college grad with his or her resume, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or write a really nice note to your spouse. Jackie Pilossoph, chicagotribune.com, "15 material and nonmaterial self-confidence boosters," 20 June 2018 The band formed in December 2017 with Lynch, Franklin High School student Mallory Swartz and recent Pius XI High School grad Brenden Paitrick. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Know any of these musicians? Check out these bands from the 'burbs playing Summerfest," 13 June 2018 Thinking outside the box when starting your job search not only applies to recent nurse grads, but to those who have experience as well. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: 4 areas influence nursing interview," 10 June 2018 Jake Plastiak, a recent Andrew grad, was chosen in the 28th round by the San Diego Padres. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Mount Carmel graduate Scott Kapers ready to chase big league dream with Texas Rangers," 7 June 2018 My old bike, a Trek 1200, was bought on a grad student's budget as a high-speed commute machine; adjusting for inflation, its successor was within about $200 of the same price. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018

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Mortazavi, who is in the process of applying for Canadian citizenship, is now hesitant about the prospect of grad school in the US. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US travel ban blocking students from presenting their research," 14 Nov. 2018 About two decades ago, faced with student loan debt after grad school, Tessler could have used someone to help her with her money issues—not just teach her how to pay off her debt, but to address the emotional baggage that came with it. Chloé Braithwaite, SELF, "5 Questions With a Financial Therapist," 21 Sep. 2018 My old bike, a Trek 1200, was bought on a grad student's budget as a high-speed commute machine; adjusting for inflation, its successor was within about $200 of the same price. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 About 282,000 college grads settled in Wuhan over the same period, according to state media Xinhua and government websites. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "A Tug of War for Elite Skills Is Raging Across China," 27 Oct. 2018 On average, college grads with bachelor's degrees owed $29,669 in student loans in 2015-16, according to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of research for Savingforcollege.com. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Students aren't the only ones crushed by school debt," 11 July 2018 Monday’s Business section looks at the job market for college grads. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: A tough job market for recent college grads," 9 July 2018 The eighth-graders, 12th-graders, and college grads mark their transitions with grand ceremony. Todd R. Nelson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Of time, tide, and graduation," 27 June 2018 College grads would wear 12-button suits, and capes, and weird bowler hats, and red pinstripes. Sam Schube, GQ, "The Best-Dressed Guys at the 2018 NBA Draft," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of grad

Noun or adjective

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above


1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grad

Noun or adjective

by shortening


French grade degree, from Latin gradus

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