matriculate

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verb ma·tric·u·late \ mə-ˈtri-kyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of matriculate

matriculated; matriculating
transitive verb
:to enroll as a member of a body and especially of a college or university
intransitive verb
:to be enrolled at a college or university
  • She matriculated at the state university.

matriculant

play \-lənt\ noun

matriculation

play \-ˌtri-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

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Examples of matriculate in a Sentence

  1. the college matriculated 1000 students for the fall semester

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Did You Know?

Anybody who has had basic Latin knows that alma mater, a fancy term for the school you attended, comes from a phrase that means "fostering mother." If mater is "mother," then matriculate probably has something to do with a school nurturing you just like good old mom, right? Not exactly. If you go back far enough, matriculate is distantly related to the Latin mater, but its maternal associations were lost long ago. It is more closely related to Late Latin matricula, which means "public roll or register," and it has more to do with being enrolled than being mothered.

Origin and Etymology of matriculate

Medieval Latin matriculatus, past participle of matriculare, from Late Latin matricula public roll, diminutive of matric-, matrix list, from Latin, breeding female

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MATRICULATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of matriculate for English Language Learners

  • : to become a student at a school and especially in a college or university



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