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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
grad•u•ate /n., adj. ˈgrædʒuɪt, -ˌeɪt; v. -ˌeɪt/USA pronunciation
n., adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- Educationa person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study at a university, college, or school.
- EducationAlso, ˈgrad•u•ate ˌstu•dent. a student who is studying for an advanced degree.
- Educationof, relating to, or involved in academic study beyond a bachelor's or first professional degree:graduate studies.
- Educationto receive a degree or diploma (from), on completing a course of study: [no object; ~ + from]to graduate with honors from college.[~ + object]She graduated college.
- Education to give a degree to or grant a diploma to:[~ + object]The school graduates top scholars.
- to advance by degrees:[no object]She graduated to a higher position in the company.
(n., adj. graj′o̅o̅ it, -āt′;v. graj′o̅o̅ āt′),USA pronunciation n., adj., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. n.
- Educationa person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study, as in a university, college, or school.
- Educationa student who holds the bachelor's or the first professional degree and is studying for an advanced degree.
- a cylindrical or tapering graduated container, used for measuring.
- Educationof, pertaining to, or involved in academic study beyond the first or bachelor's degree:graduate courses in business; a graduate student.
- Educationhaving an academic degree or diploma:a graduate engineer.
- Educationto receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study (often fol. by from):She graduated from college in 1985.
- to pass by degrees;
- Educationto confer a degree upon, or to grant a diploma to, at the close of a course of study, as in a university, college, or school:Cornell graduated eighty students with honors.
- Education, Informal Terms, Pronouns[Informal.]to receive a degree or diploma from:She graduated college in 1950.
- to arrange in grades or gradations;
establish gradation in.
- to divide into or mark with degrees or other divisions, as the scale of a thermometer.
- Medieval Latin graduātus (past participle of graduāre), equivalent. to grad(us) grade, step + -u- thematic vowel + -ātus -ate1
- late Middle English 1375–1425
In the sense "to receive a degree or diploma'' graduate followed by from is the most common construction today:Her daughter graduated from Yale in 1981.The passive form was graduated from, formerly insisted upon as the only correct pattern, has decreased in use and occurs infrequently today:My husband was graduated from West Point last year.Even though it is condemned by some as nonstandard, the use of graduate as a transitive verb meaning "to receive a degree or diploma from'' is increasing in frequency in both speech and writing:The twins graduated high school in 1974.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
graduate n /ˈɡrædjʊɪt/
- a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
- US Canadian a student who has completed a course of studies at a high school and received a diploma
Etymology: 15th Century: from Medieval Latin graduārī to take a degree, from Latin gradus a stepˈgraduˌator n
- to receive or cause to receive a degree or diploma
- (transitive) chiefly US Canadian to confer a degree, diploma, etc upon
- (transitive) to mark (a thermometer, flask, etc) with units of measurement; calibrate
- (transitive) to arrange or sort into groups according to type, quality, etc
- (intransitive) often followed by to: to change by degrees (from something to something else)
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