un·​der·​grad·​u·​ate | \ ˌən-dər-ˈgra-jə-wət How to pronounce undergraduate (audio) , -ˌwāt; -ˈgraj-wət \

Definition of undergraduate

: a student at a college or university who has not received a first and especially a bachelor's degree

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Examples of undergraduate in a Sentence

a group of college undergraduates
Recent Examples on the Web Dee, who had majored in zoology as an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University, loved the excursion. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "After a Lifetime Together, Coronavirus Takes Them Both," 11 Apr. 2020 Carolyn Cannuscio began her career as an undergraduate at Brown University, studying epidemiology during the early days of HIV/AIDS, which inspired her to pursue a doctorate in public health at Harvard. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: How I have been involved in the U.S. response as a social epidemiologist," 7 Apr. 2020 The Ashland University Art Club gives students the opportunity to acquire and hone their skills throughout their years as an undergraduate. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Medina County College Corner," 26 Feb. 2020 In 2011, as an undergraduate, Martinez was diagnosed with a condition in which a portion of the cerebellum herniates out the bottom of the skull and compresses the brain stem. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "UTHealth student starts scholarship in classmate’s honor," 31 Jan. 2020 In keeping with my embarrassing history of crying in school, my most humiliating sob was as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 17 Jan. 2020 Born Judith Sylvia Cohen in 1939, Chicago arrived in Los Angeles in the late 1950s as an undergraduate at UCLA. Los Angeles Times, "Judy Chicago says, ‘I was being erased’ from Southern California art history," 6 Sep. 2019 As an undergraduate, Koch, at 6-foot-5, was a standout on the basketball team, setting the school's single-game scoring record. Bill Hewitt, Anchorage Daily News, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 According to data compiled by CUNY professor Michael Yarbrough and undergraduates in his research colloquium, sixteen of these deaths were caused by COVID-19. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic Is the Time to Resurrect the Public University," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of undergraduate

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Undergraduate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergraduate. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undergraduate

: a student at a college or university who has not yet earned a degree

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