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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some have diversified by offering more qualifications sponsored by companies, postgraduate degrees or apprenticeships. The Economist, "The winners and losers of England’s great university free-for-all," 22 Aug. 2019 In a recent study, Madeleine Goumas, a postgraduate researcher from Exeter University, took a journey to seaside towns in the U.K. to come up with a way to end the avian tyranny. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Exactly How to Keep Jerk Seagulls Away from Your Food, According to Science," 7 Aug. 2019 But his career options seemed limited until a professor told him about the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS), a network of postgraduate academies that offers scholarships to budding African mathematicians. The Economist, "How Africa can encourage home-grown maths boffins," 8 Aug. 2019 One of its founders is Roger Hallam, a fifty-three-year-old organic farmer from Wales, who is also a postgraduate student of theories of social change. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Does Extinction Rebellion Have the Solution to the Climate Crisis?," 21 July 2019 Robert Folkenflik earned a reputation for being fanatical about helping students find postgraduate work in the competitive world of academia. Daily Pilot, "Robert Folkenflik, UCI English professor emeritus and longtime Laguna Beach resident, dies at 80," 23 July 2019 Cutting's unique agreement with the Air Force and Vikings comes in the wake of President Donald Trump tweaking the postgraduate requirements for military academy graduates who pursue professional sports. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Minnesota Vikings rookie to serve military commitment while playing his first two seasons," 21 July 2019 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

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

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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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