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graduate n /ˈɡrædjʊɪt/
  1. a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
  2. US Canadian a student who has completed a course of studies at a high school and received a diploma
vb /ˈɡrædjʊˌeɪt/
  1. to receive or cause to receive a degree or diploma
  2. (transitive) chiefly US Canadian to confer a degree, diploma, etc upon
  3. (transitive) to mark (a thermometer, flask, etc) with units of measurement; calibrate
  4. (transitive) to arrange or sort into groups according to type, quality, etc
  5. (intransitive) often followed by to: to change by degrees (from something to something else)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin graduārī to take a degree, from Latin gradus a step

ˈgraduˌator n

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