Definition of matriculate
: to enroll as a member of a body and especially of a college or university
: to be enrolled at a college or university She matriculated at the state university.
matriculantplay \-lənt\ noun
matriculationplay \-ˌtri-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
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Examples of matriculate in a sentence
the college matriculated 1000 students for the fall semester
Recent Examples of matriculate from the web
Deporting the dreamers could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, while denying legal status could prevent them from getting jobs or matriculating in some American colleges.
Teague had matriculated at N.Y.U. late, after a tumultuous adolescence.
Cruz is different - a Princeton and Harvard man who not only matriculated at those fine institutions but excelled at them.
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.
In a school where the graduates matriculated to Ivy League colleges as a matter of routine, Greg was getting Columbia University to commit to him early.
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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
First Known Use: 1577
MATRICULATE Defined for English Language Learners
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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