ma·​tric·​u·​late | \ mə-ˈtri-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce matriculate (audio) \
matriculated; matriculating

Definition of matriculate

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.

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matriculant \ mə-​ˈtri-​kyə-​lənt How to pronounce matriculant (audio) \ noun

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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.

Examples of matriculate in a Sentence

the college matriculated 1000 students for the fall semester
Recent Examples on the Web All students in every school had to take and pass a music class in order to matriculate. Rashad Shabazz, The Conversation, "How Minneapolis made Prince," 27 Jan. 2020 The coaches and administrators are actively bringing students to campus to matriculate alongside the general student body. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Report underscores need for NCAA to take action on sex assault and violent conduct offenses," 13 Dec. 2019 The two restaurant managers matriculated through another nonprofit in Cleveland, Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, which trains ex-offenders for jobs in the culinary world. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "West Side Catholic Center serves ‘often invisible’ population: Cleveland Champions," 13 Dec. 2019 Nearly 15 percent of the students flown in will be athletes who have been identified by Amherst coaches, and in many cases those athletes eventually choose to matriculate. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "The Real Cost of Diversifying College Rosters," 7 Nov. 2019 Hodge’s daughter matriculated at USC in 2013, but never played soccer for the school, prosecutors said. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Ex-CEO of PIMCO to plead guilty in college admissions scandal," 17 Oct. 2019 About 33 percent of matriculating students identified as African, Latino, Hispanic, Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Native American. Alyssa Lukpat,, "UMass Amherst, Lowell enroll largest-ever entering classes," 30 Aug. 2019 But these young ladies, unlike a hapless Edith Wharton character on the hunt for a wealthy husband (who, in Wharton’s world, often turn out hapless, too), will soon matriculate to top universities around the nation. Catherine Bigelow,, "55th San Francisco Debutante Ball a swirl of society for 28 young women," 1 July 2019 Owusu-Koramoah, who skipped kindergarten and matriculated to Notre Dame at age 17, regularly played up by a year or two on the AAU circuit. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has all the attributes to be wrecking ball at rover," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of matriculate

1577, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for 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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9 Feb 2020

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“Matriculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of matriculate

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

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