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.

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the college matriculated 1000 students for the fall semester
Recent Examples on the Web Lee’s bill has seen dramatic revisions while matriculating through Senate committees. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Florida E-Verify eject-and-replace bill sets stage for late-session standoff," 11 Mar. 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 After deferring for a year, Kim matriculated with the class of 2023 last fall. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Chloe Kim on Dorm Life, Study Guilt, and Teaching Her Guy Friends to Do Skin Care," 27 Feb. 2020 Eden David, who studies neuroscience at Columbia University and is matriculating to medical school later this year, and Yalda Safai, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatry resident in New York City, are contributors to the ABC News Medical Unit. Eden David And, ABC News, "Social media exposure may exacerbate eating disorder," 27 Feb. 2020 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

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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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5 Apr 2020

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“Matriculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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