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graduate

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

Definition of graduate

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

  2. 2 :  a graduated cup, cylinder, or flask

Recent Examples of graduate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of graduate

see 3graduate


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graduate

adjective grad·u·ate

Definition of graduate

  1. 1 :  holding an academic degree or diploma

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

Examples of graduate in a Sentence

  1. He is taking graduate classes at the university.

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Origin and Etymology of graduate

see 3graduate


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graduate

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verb grad·u·ate \ˈgra-jə-ˌwāt\

Definition of graduate

graduated

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graduating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to grant an academic degree or diploma tob :  to be graduated from joined the navy after graduating high school

  3. 2a :  to mark with degrees of measurementb :  to divide into grades or intervals

  4. 3 :  to admit to a particular standing or grade

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to receive an academic degree or diploma graduated with honors

  7. 2 :  to pass from one stage of experience, proficiency, or prestige to a usually higher one graduated to team leader

  8. 3 :  to change gradually

graduator

play \ˈgra-jə-ˌwā-tər\ noun

Usage of graduate

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

  1. He graduated from the university last June.

  2. They both graduated with honors.

  3. She graduated with a degree in history.

  4. He joined the navy after graduating from high school.

  5. a graduating class of 300 students

  6. He joined the navy after graduating high school.

  7. The word has graduated from slang to accepted use.

  8. My nephew has graduated from baby food to solid food.

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Origin and Etymology of graduate

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


GRADUATE Defined for English Language Learners

graduate

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noun

Definition of graduate for English Language Learners

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

graduate

adjective

Definition of graduate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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verb

Definition of graduate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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graduate

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noun grad·u·ate \ˈgra-jə-wət\

Definition of graduate for Students

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


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graduate

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verb grad·u·ate \ˈgra-jə-ˌwāt\

Definition of graduate for Students

graduated

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graduating

  1. :  to finish a course of study :  become a graduate


Medical Dictionary

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graduate

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

Medical Definition of graduate

  1. :  a graduated cup, cylinder, or flask for measuring


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graduate

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transitive verb grad·u·ate \ˈgraj-ə-ˌwāt\

Medical Definition of graduate

graduated

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graduating

  1. :  to mark with degrees of measurement



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