postgraduate

adjective
post·​grad·​u·​ate | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce postgraduate (audio) , -ˌwāt, -ˈgraj-wət\

Definition of postgraduate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or engaged in formal studies after graduation : graduate

postgraduate

noun

Definition of postgraduate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a student continuing formal education after graduation from high school or college

Examples of postgraduate in a Sentence

Adjective

After college, she spent her first postgraduate year studying abroad.

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Democrats with a postgraduate degree are three times as inaccurate in their perceptions of Republicans as Democrats who dropped out of high school. Amanda Ripley, Twin Cities, "Amanda Ripley: Democrats and Republicans are very bad at guessing each other’s beliefs," 30 June 2019 Spencer was at the postgraduate institution in Newport, R.I., on Friday for graduation. Washington Post, "First woman to lead U.S. Naval War College," 15 June 2019 Justice has a postgraduate degree in marketing and advertising. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 But tasks like issuing some prescriptions or drafting routine legal documents rarely require years of expensive postgraduate education. The Economist, "Licence to kill competitionAmerica should get rid of oppressive job licensing," 17 Feb. 2018 After graduating from Orlando's Edgewater High School in 2017, Simons reclassified to 2018 and enrolled at the IMG Academy for a year of postgraduate development. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Ex-Trail Blazer Ime Udoka a possible finalist for Detroit Pistons head coach position: Report," 5 June 2018 To pay the bills, her English mother worked as a secretary by day and at night typed postgraduate doctoral theses for students. Tara John/london, Time, "How Britain's 'Diva of Divorce' Wins Bumper Payouts for Spouses of the Super-Rich," 15 Mar. 2018 The most underappreciated is King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, an English-language, postgraduate school built about a decade ago that is essentially trying to become the MIT of the Middle East. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 The Rhodes scholarships finance up to four years of postgraduate study at Oxford. Richard PÉrez-peÑa, New York Times, "Rhodes Scholarships Go Global as Students From Anywhere Now Qualify," 19 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By the summer of 2002, Sestan had been made an assistant professor and given a lab of his own in Sterling Hall, along with a half dozen researchers and postgraduates. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 So, applying her postgraduate degree in sports marketing from USC, Hill established the California State Games in San Diego, and she’s been spearheading it ever since. Glae Thien, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Cal State Games turning 30," 12 July 2018 To attract the most highly skilled, Mr Piñera announced a new visa for postgraduates from the world’s top 200 universities. The Economist, "Chile gives immigrants a wary welcome," 12 Apr. 2018 Becoming a doctor takes a four-year undergraduate degree, a four-year postgraduate degree, and then a multi-year medical residency. The Economist, "Occupational licensing blunts competition and boosts inequality," 17 Feb. 2018 The Kennedy Memorial Trust, established by the British government, awards scholarships for British postgraduates attending either Harvard or M.I.T. Julie Miller, HWD, "The Crown: What Really Happened When Queen Elizabeth Met John and Jackie Kennedy," 8 Dec. 2017 In China, 1,086 North Korean postgraduates studied in 2015, the last year for which official data are available, according to a Chinese Ministry of Education publication, up from 354 in 2009. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Advance: Scientists Who Bring Technology Home," 6 Sep. 2017 Around the same time in Illinois, a young postgraduate sociology student at the University of Chicago named Paul Campisi saw growing unease in the Italian-American community. David A. Taylor, Smithsonian, "During World War II, the U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Security," 2 Feb. 2017 Around the same time in Illinois, a young postgraduate sociology student at the University of Chicago named Paul Campisi saw growing unease in the Italian-American community. David A. Taylor, Smithsonian, "During World War II, the U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Security," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of postgraduate

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1858, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1877, in the meaning defined above

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postgraduate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of postgraduate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to studies done after earning a bachelor's degree or other degree

postgraduate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of postgraduate (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British : a student who continues to study for an advanced degree after earning a bachelor's degree or other first degree : a graduate student

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