graduate

noun
grad·​u·​ate | \ ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce graduate (audio) , -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 How to pronounce graduate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce graduator (audio) \ 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 Back at George Fox, graduate student Abigail, who did not wish to reveal her full name, hopes a new flurry of activism sparked by Arthur’s video will convince administrators to address the concerns of LGBTQ students. Washington Post, "Viral video reignites LGBTQ debate at Quaker school," 5 Dec. 2019 The school's more than 4,000 graduate student employees include teacher assistants, teaching fellows, tutors and researchers at Harvard's many labs and academic departments. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Harvard grad student workers go on strike, seeking $25 an hour minimum wage, other demands," 3 Dec. 2019 Brin and Page met as Stanford University graduate students in 1995 and started the company soon after. Rachel Lerman, SFChronicle.com, "Google founders step down as execs of Alphabet," 3 Dec. 2019 Brin and Page met as Stanford University graduate students in 1995 and started the company soon after. Time, "Google Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin Step Down as Execs of Parent Company Alphabet," 3 Dec. 2019 Researchers, professors and graduate students will get an opportunity to live and work downtown. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit is very attractive to Michigan's biggest universities: Here's why," 25 Nov. 2019 Hope Leimbach said, a graduate student from Columbus, Ohio. Emily Ernsberger And Sydney Reeves, Indianapolis Star, "Female IU business students turn professor Eric Rasmusen controversy into a big fundraiser," 22 Nov. 2019 Jacques Leider began studying the history of Arakan as a graduate student in the 1980s, during the darkest years of the Burmese military dictatorship. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 The stress isn’t all gone, though: The share of graduate students has declined by 6%. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Trump’s visa clampdown hasn’t stopped Indian students from pursuing their US dreams," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Other Michigan universities already have programs based in metro Detroit, from recruiting stations to branches offering classes, mostly graduate level, for working adults. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit is very attractive to Michigan's biggest universities: Here's why," 25 Nov. 2019 Another market in millennials The story of Juul began more than a decade ago when two smokers, Mr. Monsees and Adam Bowen, became friends over cigarette breaks as graduate students in design at Stanford. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "Juul Says Its Focus Was Smokers, but It Targeted Young Nonsmokers," 23 Nov. 2019 The school board also wanted to tighten the criteria for tuition reimbursement for graduate level coursework. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Some District 112 teachers to receive pay raises topping 22 percent by 2023," 21 Nov. 2019 The grant will establish a program at CSU that allows teachers take free graduate level classes and earn their credentials for College Credit Plus in subjects like math, history, English, computer science and foreign language. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "CSU receives grant to train teachers to teach college courses to high schoolers," 19 Nov. 2019 She and her husband, fellow OSU professor Bruce Menge, met 50 years ago as graduate students in Paine’s lab at the University of Washington. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "The Top 10 Science Experiments of All Time," 10 Oct. 2019 Warren would guarantee graduate students, home care workers and public sector workers the right to organize. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Warren proposes the largest expansion of worker rights ‘since the New Deal’," 3 Oct. 2019 The proposal would reverse a 2016 ruling by the labor board that graduate students at private schools are employees — and not merely students. Michael Melia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rule would bar grad assistant unionizing at private schools," 20 Sep. 2019 For musician Tchiya Amet, who says Tyson raped her when the two were graduate students at the University of Texas Austin in 1984, the news is concerning. Anna North, Vox, "Neil deGrasse Tyson was accused of sexual misconduct by 4 women. He’s keeping all his jobs.," 29 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 23-year-old graduated this year from the United States Naval Academy, CBS News' David Begnaud reports. CBS News, "Brother says Pensacola shooting victim saved countless lives: "He died a hero"," 7 Dec. 2019 Today, as UConn and Notre Dame prepare to face off Sunday at Gampel Pavilion, all five of those Notre Dame starters have graduated to the NBA, along with Samuelson and Collier. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn and Notre Dame played in the Final Four last April. A whole lot has changed since then.," 7 Dec. 2019 Drinkwitz, 36, graduated from Arkansas Tech University and was a high school assistant coach for Alma and Springdale before breaking into college coaching as a quality control analyst at Auburn. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, "Reports linking Kiffin, Ole Miss," 7 Dec. 2019 Campa graduated from Orlando's Freedom High School and started his college football career as a linebacker at Eastern Michigan University before transferring to Butler County Community College, a junior college program in Kansas. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-University of Louisville football player Chris Campa reportedly found dead in Florida," 7 Dec. 2019 When his youngest, Gabby, graduated and went off to play at Gustavus-Adolphus, many assumed Bowlin would retire. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "St. Paul native Pat Bowlin keeps racking up wins, one sport after another, at Winona Cotter," 6 Dec. 2019 All of the team's all-conference players except senior goalkeeper Chase Kolega graduated. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hockey preview: University School's run for a second straight title highlights the storylines, players to watch," 6 Dec. 2019 Santos graduated from Fordham University in 2011 and is currently a content manager for Violet Gray, a beauty company based in Los Angeles, according to her LinkedIn. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Love Is in the Air: All of the Celebrity Engagements of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 The Pompano Beach resident graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2018 and was engaged to be married this month to his fiancé Emily Netter. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "CrossFit community rallies for lightning strike victim," 5 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'graduate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Time Traveler for graduate

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The first known use of graduate was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Graduate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graduate. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for graduate

graduate

noun
How to pronounce graduate (audio)

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)

US : 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
How to pronounce graduate (audio)

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

: to earn a degree or diploma from a school, college, or university
US, of a school, college, or university : to award a degree or diploma to (a student)
US, informal : to earn a degree or diploma from (a school, college, or university)

graduate

noun
grad·​u·​ate | \ ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce graduate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce graduate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce graduate (audio) , -ə-ˌwāt How to pronounce graduate (audio) \

Medical Definition of graduate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a graduated cup, cylinder, or flask for measuring
grad·​u·​ate | \ ˈgraj-ə-ˌwāt How to pronounce graduate (audio) \
graduated; graduating

Medical Definition of graduate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mark with degrees of measurement

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