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

The middle child of the three sisters, Mel is an activist, teacher's assistant, and a graduate student studying Women's Studies at Hilltowne University. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "Charmed" and Their Characters," 13 Nov. 2018 Alumni of graduate programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the two would run into each other at governing board meetings and occasionally talk shop. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s sales pitch to corporate buyers turns into $10 billion business," 10 Sep. 2018 Initially known as BackRub, Google began as a research project of Larry Page, who enrolled in Stanford’s computer science graduate program in 1995. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 2018 The institute has drawn upon the undergraduate and graduate programs of Seaver College, the Graziadio School of Business and the School of Law. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Bonnaroo U? Billboard's 2018 Top Music Business Schools," 29 June 2018 Especially when the graduate programs in Canada, Britain, and the European Union are catching up to their American counterparts. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Upholding Trump's Travel Ban, the Supreme Court Harms Scientists," 27 June 2018 But there were small, endearing changes, too: the institution of a post graduate basketball program and the athletic championships earned. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Graduate Tells Classmates: Use Your Moral Compass," 26 June 2018 She was admitted to UCLA’s two-year graduate program in library science. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Cindy Cleary, who saw Glendale libraries through a technological transformation, will retire next month," 23 June 2018 Stefanie DeLuca, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, has studied BRHP and its graduates. Jillian Weinberger, Vox, "Greater Baltimore is starkly segregated by race and class. A housing program is trying to change that.," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But more than with most graduate degrees, getting an M.B.A. is about forging bonds with class peers and influential alumni that could turn into an entrée into the upper echelons of the business world. Amber Burton, WSJ, "Does Your Online M.B.A. Program Feel Too Remote? There’s a Bot For That," 5 Dec. 2018 If there are scholarships, most of graduate education is not ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: 2U CEO Chip Paucek on Recode Decode," 14 Oct. 2018 Although the ostensible reason for the change is to improve national security, U.S. university officials see it as the latest attack on graduate education and the free flow of scientific knowledge. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "More restrictive U.S. policy on Chinese graduate student visas raises alarm," 11 June 2018 No one wanted to hire her as an archivist, the focus of her graduate education. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, "How Student Debt Can Ruin Home Buying Dreams," 25 May 2018 Things like academic freedom and copyright ownership can come into play at that moment, particularly for graduate students. Josh Dzieza, The Verge, "Foxconn’s $100M deal with the University of Wisconsin has students worried," 5 Nov. 2018 Harvey is working with graduate students and some of his colleagues to set up research sites within the boundaries of the Norse Peak fire zone to assess what happened to the forest. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "In a changing climate, will fire make a bigger run in Washington’s west-side forests?," 4 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Iverson got involved with unified soccer through fellow Naperville resident and unifed partner Ethan Harvey, who just graduated from Naperville North and will be attending college and playing soccer at High Point University in North Carolina. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville athletes to share international stage at Special Olympics soccer competition," 12 July 2018 Zieper graduated high school from the David Posnack Jewish High School in Davie and plans on studying comedy at Emerson College in Boston. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Cantor, comics headline entertainment options in Palm Beach County," 22 June 2018 Trump’s would be limited to graduate research fellowships, and take advantage of NSF’s 65 years of expertise to gain efficiencies by shrinking or eliminating staff at other agencies offering similar fellowships. Insider Staff Report, Science | AAAS, "Trump’s plan to reshuffle government strikes familiar notes," 21 June 2018 After graduating, Sheppard took a break from the Big Apple and took a job as sous chef at the Lake Hotel in an isolated part of Yellowstone National Park. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferocious Cooking of Fig and Pig," 7 Dec. 2018 The Sun reported Meek graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and was the immediate past president of the University Line Dance Club. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 Losing a positive, ambitious man Henderson graduated from UA in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. azcentral, "Family of University of Arizona grad murdered in Greece waits for justice," 6 July 2018 Stellwag, 21, was the valedictorian for the 2014 class at Celebration High School and graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with a double major in government and economics. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebration High School alumna to teach Malaysian kids English on Fulbright scholarship," 3 July 2018 Allyse Johnson graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 29 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

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

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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