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 matriculate (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 The ceiling is deliberate: Amazon wants employees either to matriculate into management or leave the company for opportunities elsewhere. al, "What Amazon can learn from its victory over union in Alabama," 11 Apr. 2021 The unspoken assumption that, of course, families would step up and pay — parents, really, in the case of most students hoping to matriculate straight from high school. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution Is Going Away. Good Riddance.," 30 Dec. 2020 All students in every school had to take and pass a music class in order to matriculate. Rashad Shabazz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Prince Would Not Sound Like Prince Without Minneapolis," 28 Jan. 2020 Eden David, who's studying neuroscience at Columbia University and matriculating to medical school later this year, is a contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit. Eden David, ABC News, "How to deal with fear of novel coronavirus in the face of the unknown," 5 Mar. 2020 Big donations also help get children admitted, whether to encourage a legacy decision at one’s alma mater or even at schools one didn’t attend, as when Charles Kushner gave $2.5 million to Harvard before his son Jared matriculated. Ben Steverman,, "Rich Parents Have Plenty of Ways to Game the U.S. Education System," 12 Mar. 2019 Now, with most such players matriculating at conservatories before hitting professional bandstands, the range of influence is wider and more diffuse. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Quiet Revolution’ by Ben Allison Review: Blast From the Past," 5 Nov. 2018 As a young man Clyde matriculated at Weaver High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania., "Clyde Billington Jr.," 12 Apr. 2018 This led unsurprisingly to Austin matriculating at Duke and then leaving after a year to become the tenth pick in the NBA draft, while Comer went off to college unrefined. Nate Hopper, Esquire, "Street Ball Makes the Sweet Sixteen," 25 Mar. 2013

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Matriculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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