\ˈgrad \

Definition of grad 

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Definition of grad (Entry 2 of 3)

: one hundredth of a right angle

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At some international schools, that share is even higher — about three-quarters of grads from St. George’s and almost 60 percent from the American University of the Caribbean head into primary care. G. Richard Olds, Washington Post, "International medical schools have a bad reputation. That needs to change, for the good of U.S. patients.," 26 June 2018 At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the share of grads going into banking dropped to just under 30% from 43% over the five years. Pat Minczeski, WSJ, "Why Banks Are Losing the Battle for M.B.A. Talent," 6 June 2018 Wolf is among a trio of St. X grads who are part of the partnership, joining 1989 products Clinton Glasscock and Tom Mueller. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify's co-owners from Louisville enjoying historic Triple Crown run," 1 June 2018 Santos does offer a silver lining for her students, pointing out that the median income level of Yale grads by age 34 is $76,000 — almost exactly the salary scientifically proven to provide the maximum amount of well-being. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "Read This Story and Get Happier," 28 May 2018 Families gathered in the rec center Sunday stood to try to get a glimpse of their respective grads, capturing the moment with cameras and cellphones, and sometimes waving. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "'I have liked it here': Valparaiso University graduates more than 900 students," 21 May 2018 Thousands of Good Sam grads serve in nursing professions across the Tri-State and the world. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "If Healthcare is your Passion, Check out Good Samaritan College!," 7 May 2018 Check out this year’s crop of stellar grads from the 29 state universities and community colleges. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "For these overachievers, tuition is their latest obstacle," 5 May 2018 But no Philly franchise has an operation like the Sixers’. Every NBA team has an analytics department, but, according to one league source, most departments consist of a couple of recent college grads with bachelor’s degrees in statistics. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Analytics-driven Sixers ride the numbers to NBA playoffs," 18 Apr. 2018

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The Lake Clifton grad was frustrated with his role with the Portland Trail Blazers, who drafted him in 2012, where he was mostly saddled to the bench. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's Will Barton on signing long-term with Nuggets: 'I'm a loyal person'," 5 July 2018 The Lehigh grad is founder and chief executive of Tozuda, creators of a concussion field-testing device. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Philly's first Maker Faire: a summer carnival of innovation," 24 June 2018 The Central Saint Martins grad with an eye for fantastical gothic romance is known for dramatic collections rife with spiritual meaning. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Dilara Findikoglu Is Launching the Most Inclusive Fantastical Collection of Wedding Attire," 20 June 2018 The Boston College grad would cut entertaining promos every week and provide a championship presence, which is the missing part of the Brock Lesnar package. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Key Takeaways From WWE's Money in the Bank," 18 June 2018 The Waukesha West grad, now 18, was already well past his early years of training when Infinity Fields, the Waukesha NX Level facility and Stiks Academy opened. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jarred Kelenic's success partly relied on training at Waukesha facilities built by his dad, who hopes he can help more athletes," 13 June 2018 More worrisome were the new grads in his study who were involuntarily underemployed. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Why settling for a subpar job right out of college can hurt your career for years," 13 June 2018 According to the presenter’s Instagram post, the Columbia grad gave words of encouragement and inspired students to not allow their present necessarily define their future. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Issa Rae Wears Belt With N-Word And Roasts Kanye West At CFDA Awards," 5 June 2018 With the season of graduations underway, the new grads in your life are preparing for life in the real world. Emily Heller, The Verge, "An Apple sale at Best Buy, discounts on 4K TVs, and wireless headphone deals," 19 May 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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