In the 19th century the transitive sense (1a) was prescribed; the intransitive
was condemned. The intransitive prevailed nonetheless, and today it is the sense likely to be prescribed and the newer transitive sense (1b)
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
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