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



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 Why should taxpayers pay for four years of college, not to mention additional years of postgraduate study, for a person who can’t use that education to make enough money to pay back his or her loans? WSJ, "First, Stop Making More Bad Student Loans," 24 Feb. 2020 Internships are a critical step in postgraduate jobs. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Thousands of canceled internships impact students—but they also hurt colleges," 4 May 2020 Students who join such organizations may not hold any on-campus leadership position, captain an athletic team, or be recommended for prestigious postgraduate fellowships. Erin Hawley, National Review, "Harvard’s Ban on Single-Sex Organizations Hurts Women," 19 Aug. 2019 The school also has career and technical education programs to train students for postgraduate employment. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "Stonington, Conn.: A Waterfront Community With a Colonial Vibe," 22 Apr. 2020 Each week, dozens of graduate and postgraduate researchers lined up in the hall outside his office, waiting to meet with him. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Drove Him Back to China, Where He Invented a Fast Coronavirus Test," 18 Mar. 2020 Cory SerVaas graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism, with postgraduate work at Columbia University. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Former Saturday Evening Post publisher and editor Dr. Cory SerVaas dies in Indianapolis," 12 Mar. 2020 Victor Gao, who earned two postgraduate degrees at Yale and was the official interpreter for Deng Xiaoping, the first Chinese leader to visit the United States, assigns the blame exclusively to the Trump administration. NBC News, "Coronavirus: As pandemic worsens so do U.S.-China relations," 16 Mar. 2020 Its producers fill in their own backstories, many of which involve privileged upbringings and postgraduate education. Judy Berman, Time, "A New Woodstock Doc Offers a Hippie Nostalgia Trip. But It's Time to Think More Critically About the Festival," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The center left and progressive left—or the postgraduates who control both sides in the party’s debate—have a similar answer to inequality. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "This is a high school nation," 20 Jan. 2020 Recruitment of postgraduates has also held firm, although a fellowship in biology and medicine attracted no applications from the EU 27 in the first year after the referendum. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Split decisions: How Brexit has taken a toll on five researchers," 3 Oct. 2019 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,, "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

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1858, in the meaning defined above


1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Postgraduate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of postgraduate

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



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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