graduate

noun
grad·​u·​ate | \ˈgra-jə-wət, -ˌwāt, ˈgraj-wət\

Definition of graduate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a holder of an academic degree or diploma a college graduate

2 : a graduated cup, cylinder, or flask

graduate

adjective

Definition of graduate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : holding an academic degree or diploma

2 : of, relating to, or engaged in studies beyond the first or bachelor's degree graduate school a graduate student

graduate

verb
grad·​u·​ate | \ˈgra-jə-ˌwāt \
graduated; graduating

Definition of graduate (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to grant an academic degree or diploma to

b : to be graduated from joined the navy after graduating high school

2a : to mark with degrees of measurement

b : to divide into grades or intervals

3 : to admit to a particular standing or grade

intransitive verb

1 : to receive an academic degree or diploma graduated with honors

2 : to pass from one stage of experience, proficiency, or prestige to a usually higher one graduated to team leader

3 : to change gradually

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Other Words from graduate

Verb

graduator \ ˈgra-​jə-​ˌwā-​tər \ noun

Usage of Graduate

Verb

In the 19th century the transitive sense (1a) was prescribed; the intransitive I graduated from college was condemned. The intransitive prevailed nonetheless, and today it is the sense likely to be prescribed and the newer transitive sense (1b) she graduated high school the one condemned. All three are standard. The intransitive is currently the most common, the new transitive the least common.

Examples of graduate in a Sentence

Adjective

He is taking graduate classes at the university.

Verb

He graduated from the university last June. They both graduated with honors. She graduated with a degree in history. He joined the navy after graduating from high school. a graduating class of 300 students He joined the navy after graduating high school. The word has graduated from slang to accepted use. My nephew has graduated from baby food to solid food.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both the university system and OU have long worked together to offer scholarships to NCSY graduates who are considered outstanding and choose to attend one of Touro's Lander Colleges in New York City. Sergio Carmona, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tamarac grad awarded national scholarship to attend Touro College," 13 July 2018 Butler, a graduate of Oakland Mills High School, began his career with the county’s fire department in 1993 as a firefighter paramedic and over the years moved up in the ranks. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Howard County fire chief is leaving for Northern Virginia post," 11 July 2018 Police are searching for a 22-year-old University of Southern California graduate student who disappeared last Sunday after leaving his apartment carrying just a cellphone. Fox News, "Police searching for missing USC graduate student," 13 July 2018 To solve the problem, the graduate student created a website, TwoInchBrush.com, that is a searchable database of all 403 episodes. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 Thurmand resigned in February 2017, but remained a graduate student until she was expelled three months later. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "Former UConn Diversity Officer Alleges Racial Discrimination," 13 July 2018 Tellis faces another murder indictment in Louisiana, where he’s accused in the torture death of Meing-Chen Hsiao, a 34-year-old Taiwanese graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Judge won’t sanction prosecutor over inmate tampering claim," 9 July 2018 They were studied by scientists from the Smithsonian, a group from National Geographic, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate students, according to Chung. NBC News, "Remains exhumed from forgotten Chinese cemetery reburied after two decades," 4 July 2018 Wilfred Lawson was a Washington native and Dunbar High graduate who went on to serve in World War I and study agriculture in college. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering a time when Montgomery County was dairy — very dairy, indeed," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But even in the best cases—college is, historically and overall, a profitable investment—student debt is rising faster than graduate wages. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 The ruling came amid an NCAA investigation into claims that escort Katina Powell made involving former Louisville player, graduate assistant coach and director of basketball operations Andre McGee. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Former Louisville Players Expected To Sue NCAA Over Vacated Wins," 10 July 2018 Winners conduct international graduate study, research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebration High School alumna to teach Malaysian kids English on Fulbright scholarship," 3 July 2018 Morgan Park graduate Christian Bullock is hitting .306 with five doubles and 14 runs for Michigan. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Baseball notes: Arkansas recruit Jason Hodges puts on hit parade at top of the order for Marist," 5 Apr. 2018 After graduating, Marvin applied to Radcliffe for graduate study in geology, and attended with a full scholarship in 1943. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Rockstar Geologist Who Mapped the Minerals of the Cosmos," 30 Mar. 2018 More: Akoy Agau returning to Louisville basketball as graduate transfer See also: Who will start for Louisville basketball? Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Schedule: Former Louisville basketball players in NBA summer leagues," 29 June 2018 That haul began Saturday when Alabama offensive line graduate transfer announced his plans to enroll at Oregon. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Recruiting roundup: Oregon Ducks land elite California prospects, Alabama OL graduate transfer," 21 May 2018 Bulovas will face more competition in the summer, when graduate transfer Austin Johnson is due to arrive on campus. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Live updates from Nick Saban after A-Day Game," 21 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shortly after graduating from Vassar in 1991, Blum ran Hawke’s theater company, Malaparte, and the two would race around Times Square trying to sell $10 theater tickets to tourists. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "The Horror of Jason Blum," 17 Oct. 2018 Ogwumike was drafted into the WNBA in 2014 after graduating from Stanford University. Abby Haglage, refinery29.com, "4 Black Girls With Big Dreams & The 4 Women Living Them," 13 July 2018 About the owner: Wang, 36, arrived in the United States from China in 2002, but left shortly after graduating from high school to study the art of sushi in Japan. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Furin Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Valparaiso," 10 July 2018 After graduating Forest Hill Community High School in West Palm Beach, Elias headed to the University of Miami. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "His dream was to race cars. Now this Miami kid is building them for one of best F1 teams," 10 July 2018 Corey plans to attend graduate school after graduating from Eastern. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 Chang lived in South Korea for four years after graduating from the University of Washington in 2012. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Street Food Festival is ‘hyperlocal, but globally inspired’," 7 July 2018 After graduating from Seminole High School, Harvey tried out as a left-handed pitcher with Raines’ original team, the Montreal Expos. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Umpires rally around Sanford peer after infection costs him his legs," 6 July 2018 Moments later, Stephanie was handed the same honor her mom took home as a Sundevils senior playing soccer and softball and graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average. Terry Monahan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mother, daughter share a plaque at Mt. Carmel High," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of graduate

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for graduate

Noun

see graduate entry 3

Adjective

see graduate entry 3

Verb

Middle English, from Medieval Latin graduatus, past participle of graduare, from Latin gradus step, degree

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graduate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graduate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a person who has earned a degree or diploma from a school, college, or university

graduate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of graduate (Entry 2 of 3)

: of or relating to a course of studies taken at a college or university after earning a bachelor's degree or other first degree

graduate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of graduate (Entry 3 of 3)

: to earn a degree or diploma from a school, college, or university

of a school, college, or university : to award a degree or diploma to (a student)

: to earn a degree or diploma from (a school, college, or university)

graduate

noun
grad·​u·​ate | \ˈgra-jə-wət \

Kids Definition of graduate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has completed the required course of study in a college or school

graduate

verb
grad·​u·​ate | \ˈgra-jə-ˌwāt \
graduated; graduating

Kids Definition of graduate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to finish a course of study : become a graduate

graduate

noun
grad·​u·​ate | \ˈgraj-(ə-)wət, -ə-ˌwāt \

Medical Definition of graduate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a graduated cup, cylinder, or flask for measuring

graduate

transitive verb
grad·​u·​ate | \ˈgraj-ə-ˌwāt \
graduated; graduating

Medical Definition of graduate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mark with degrees of measurement

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