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 Schumacher, an Alaska Winter Stars skier and Service High graduate, was part of an Anchorage sweep at the Michigan Tech Nordic Skiing Center in Houghton. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Schumacher, Swirbul collect national ski championships," 3 Jan. 2020 The Celtics hire Harvard graduate and former WNBA player Allison Feaster as their director of player development. BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a look back at the year in sports.," 1 Jan. 2020 Aguilar went on to graduate from T.C. Williams with a 3.6 GPA (and a green card) and later won a spot at Marymount University. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "This Guatemalan immigrant survived being homeless to become a college graduate. Now, he’s teaching other immigrants at the school that helped save him.," 30 Dec. 2019 Otto Warmbier Otto Warmbier, a 2013 Wyoming High School graduate, was detained by North Korean authorities in 2016 and made to confess to stealing a propaganda sign. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "2010-2019: Greater Cincinnati stories of the decade," 30 Dec. 2019 But the spectacle of the male Harvard-medical-school graduate satirizing women colleagues is painful; good satire deflates systems of power, not the people who toil and suffer in those systems. Rachel Pearson, The New Yorker, "“The House of God,” a Book as Sexist as It Was Influential, Gets a Sequel," 25 Dec. 2019 Many graduates went on to be accused of a range of crimes, including corruption, torture, and coup attempts. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why Thousands of Foreign Nationals Receive Military Training on U.S. Bases Each Year," 23 Dec. 2019 The new approach to flexible PTO emerged as an employee perk in the aftermath of the recession, as a novel, cost-effective way to increase the appeal of office work for millennial graduates. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Things That Changed How We Travel in the 2010s," 16 Dec. 2019 That’s how David Forrest, John Herring and W. Gene Grace, all graduates from Jones High School, remember their times traveling from game to game with the Tigers. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "Jones High football alums know all about Northwestern Bulls," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These meetings also provide a venue to build connections and find potential collaborators and, for graduate students, potential advisors. Esther Ngumbi, Wired, "Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages," 3 Jan. 2020 Elsewhere, discussions of reparations have been raised by individual professors, like at the University of Alabama, or by graduate students and community members, like at the University of Chicago. Arkansas Online, "U.S. colleges confront ties to slavery," 15 Dec. 2019 With the help of a team of graduate students, Hertzberg took samples of the air and various surfaces on 10 cross-country flights and observed the movement of passengers during the flight. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, "Traveling for the Holidays? Here's How to Not Get Sick," 18 Dec. 2019 Elsewhere, discussions of reparations have been raised by individual professors, like at the University of Alabama, or by graduate students and community members, like at the University of Chicago. NBC News, "Reparations mark new challenges for U.S. colleges linked to slavery," 16 Dec. 2019 Elsewhere, discussions of reparations have been raised by individual professors, like at the University of Alabama, or by graduate students and community members, like at the University of Chicago. Arkansas Online, "U.S. colleges confront ties to slavery," 15 Dec. 2019 Elsewhere, discussions of reparations have been raised by individual professors, like at the University of Alabama, or by graduate students and community members, like at the University of Chicago. Washington Post, "Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery," 14 Dec. 2019 The research team has since grown to include archaeology graduate students from the University of Montana, located in nearby Missoula. Bill Morlin, New York Times, "Gamblers, Wastrels and Lumberjacks: An Old Cemetery Gives Up Its Secret History," 14 Dec. 2019 Elsewhere, discussions of reparations have been raised by individual professors, like at the University of Alabama, or by graduate students and community members, like at the University of Chicago. Carolyn Thompson, SFChronicle.com, "Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and physics from North Carolina State University, Koch graduated from the NASA Academy program and worked at Goddard Space Flight Center. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Astronaut Christina Koch Breaks Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman," 28 Dec. 2019 Wallace graduated at the end of the year with an associate degree, school officials said. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "A football star was expelled for rape twice. A secret deal scrubbed it from his transcript," 12 Dec. 2019 Year's after graduating, his alma mater and old team have shown him nothing but support during his journey on The Voice. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's the Real Reason 'The Voice' Contestant Jake Hoot Didn't End Up on Team Blake," 10 Dec. 2019 The past is present Cummings, too, had gone to graduate school in the UK, studying business at the University of Warwick. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "What if the foundational theories about how to run a company have been corrupted?," 9 Dec. 2019 At what age does one officially graduate from the kids’ table (asking for a, um, 31-year-old friend)? Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay...To Reject a Relative’s Offer to Cook Something?," 26 Nov. 2019 Scottie Scheffler Hasn’t missed a cut in six events since graduating from the Korn Ferry Tour. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "RSM Classic: Fantasy Golf Power Rankings," 19 Nov. 2019 Shout 85258 now has 1,500 Crisis Volunteers active on the platform with more training, graduating and joining the platform each week. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Chic Plaid Blazer to Visit the Shout Crisis Text Line with Prince William," 12 Nov. 2019 After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Academy May 24 of this year, Kaleb reported to flight training in Pensacola Naval Air Station a little before Thanksgiving. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "How a statue defined a town and remembered an American hero," 21 Dec. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Graduate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graduator?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=gradua07. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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