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post·​grad·​u·​ate ˌpōs(t)-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce postgraduate (audio)
: of, relating to, or engaged in formal studies after graduation : graduate


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

Example Sentences

Adjective After college, she spent her first postgraduate year studying abroad.
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At the same time, Ms. Hager showed a postgraduate appetite for media ventures on her terms. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2022 For being a finalist, Stidham will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Creg Stephenson |, al, 26 Oct. 2022 Her 1912 debut of the concerto (performed at Yale’s Woolsey Hall with a student ensemble) earned her the school’s inaugural Samuel Simons Sanford Fellowship, allowing her two years of postgraduate study in France. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 Academia is important for a few reasons; this community generates studies that influence company actions or consumer choices and also often awakens young people to be creative in their postgraduate years. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The University of California and 48,000 people who work as teachers and researchers while earning postgraduate degrees came to a tentative labor agreement Friday, both sides announced. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 17 Dec. 2022 From there, Just became the first Black man to work at the Marine Biological Laboratory while pursuing his postgraduate degree through the University of Chicago. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 The majority of Caltech’s Class of 2020 went on to either pursue a postgraduate degree (45% of the class) or accept a full-time job (47%). Leena Kim, Town & Country, 16 Dec. 2022 In 1974, Jobe began postgraduate work in the history of science and medicine at the University of Chicago’s Morris Fishbein Center. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022
Antoinette Myers Perry, who lives with her wife and dogs in the Washington, D.C., area and is currently earning her third postgraduate degree, has been balancing these trade-offs for over a decade. Nerdwallet, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2022 Will Zhang, 30, a postgraduate student, said universities in Guangzhou have been put under curbs, including a sprawling university town in Panyu district with more than a dozen institutions and a population of more than 300,000. Reuters, NBC News, 11 Nov. 2022 Gina, who had become legally blind due to a genetic condition, was raped by a fellow student during a summer postgraduate fellowship. Andrew Stark, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 The video, captured and posted on Twitter in December 2021 by postgraduate student Hamish Symington, show bees being studied by fellow student Kristina Buch in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2022 And once students graduate, the price keeps rising — prestigious law and other vocational postgraduate courses can set you back around $100,000 a year. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 As Agnes shares stories of her life – as well as her artistic ideas – with an unnamed postgraduate student who narrates the book, her path becomes a haunting cautionary tale. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Nov. 2021 One postgraduate student at HKU has reported at least two faculty members to the tip line, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 Originally from the United Kingdom, Humphrey first went to China as a 23-year-old postgraduate student. James Griffiths, CNN, 13 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1858, in the meaning defined above


1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postgraduate was in 1858

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“Postgraduate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
post·​grad·​u·​ate (ˈ)pōst-ˈgraj-(ə-)wət How to pronounce postgraduate (audio)
: of, relating to, or engaged in formal studies after graduation : graduate entry 2 sense 2


2 of 2 noun
: a student continuing his or her education after graduation

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