Definitions for graduateˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt; -ˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

grad•u•ate*ˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt; -ˌeɪt(n., adj.; v.; n.; adj.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (n.)a person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study at a university, college, or school.

    Category: Education

  2. a student who holds the bachelor's or the first professional degree and is studying for an advanced degree.

    Category: Education

  3. a cylindrical or tapering graduated container, used for measuring.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  4. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or involved in academic study beyond the bachelor's degree:

    a graduate student.

    Category: Education

  5. having an academic degree or diploma.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Education

  6. (v.i.)to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study:

    to graduate from college.

    Category: Education

  7. to pass by degrees; change gradually.

  8. (v.t.)to confer a degree upon or grant a diploma to.

    Category: Education

  9. to receive a degree or diploma from:

    to graduate college.

    Category: Education, Informal, Usage Note

  10. to arrange in grades or gradations; establish gradation in.

  11. to divide into or mark with degrees or other divisions, as the scale of a thermometer.

    Category: Weights and Measures

* Usage: graduate followed by from is the most common construction today: to graduate from Yale. The passive form, once considered to be the only correct pattern, occurs infrequently today: to be graduated from Yale. Although condemned by some as nonstandard, the use of graduate as a transitive verb meaning “to receive a degree or diploma from” is increasing in both speech and writing: to graduate high school.

Origin of graduate:

1375–1425; < ML graduārī to grade, graduate, der. of L gradusgrade


Princeton's WordNet

  1. alumnus, alumna, alum, graduate, grad(noun)

    a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)

  2. graduate(adj)

    a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume; a glass container (cup or cylinder or flask) whose sides are marked with or divided into amounts

  3. graduate(a), postgraduate(verb)

    of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree

    "graduate courses"

  4. graduate(verb)

    receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies

    "She graduated in 1990"

  5. graduate(verb)

    confer an academic degree upon

    "This school graduates 2,000 students each year"

  6. calibrate, graduate, fine-tune(verb)

    make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring

    "calibrate an instrument"; "graduate a cylinder"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. graduate(verb)ˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt; v. -ˌeɪt

    to finish studying and receive a degree or diploma from a high school, college, or university

    I'll be graduating from high school next year.

  2. graduateˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt; v. -ˌeɪt

    to finish a university degree in a particular subject

    He graduated in law.

  3. graduate(noun)ˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt; v. -ˌeɪt

    sb who has finished their studies and received a degree or diploma

    high school/college graduates


  1. graduate(Noun)

    A person who is recognized by a university as having completed the requirements of a degree studied at the institution

  2. graduate(Noun)

    A person who is recognized by a high school as having completed the requirements of a course of study at the school

  3. graduate(Noun)

    A graduated (marked) cup or other container, thus fit for measuring

  4. graduate(Verb)

    To be recognized by a school or university as having completed the requirements of a degree studied at the institution. See note on u201Cfromu201D usage.

  5. graduate(Verb)

    To certify (a student) as having earned a degree

    Indiana University graduated the student.

  6. graduate(Verb)

    To mark a scale on (something) so that it can be used for measuring

  7. graduate(Verb)

    To change gradually

  8. graduate(Adjective)

    graduated, arranged by degrees

  9. graduate(Adjective)

    holding an academic degree

  10. graduate(Adjective)

    relating to an academic degree

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graduate(noun)

    to mark with degrees; to divide into regular steps, grades, or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc

  2. Graduate(noun)

    to admit or elevate to a certain grade or degree; esp., in a college or university, to admit, at the close of the course, to an honorable standing defined by a diploma; as, he was graduated at Yale College

  3. Graduate(noun)

    to prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of; as, to graduate the heat of an oven

  4. Graduate(noun)

    to bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid

  5. Graduate(verb)

    to pass by degrees; to change gradually; to shade off; as, sandstone which graduates into gneiss; carnelian sometimes graduates into quartz

  6. Graduate(verb)

    to taper, as the tail of certain birds

  7. Graduate(verb)

    to take a degree in a college or university; to become a graduate; to receive a diploma

  8. Graduate(noun)

    one who has received an academical or professional degree; one who has completed the prescribed course of study in any school or institution of learning

  9. Graduate(noun)

    a graduated cup, tube, or flask; a measuring glass used by apothecaries and chemists. See under Graduated

  10. Graduate

    arranged by successive steps or degrees; graduated


  1. Graduate

    "Graduate" is a song by Third Eye Blind and written by Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan. The B-side, "Horror Show", was written by Jenkins and Cadogan as well and later released on the "How's It Going to Be" single in 1998. It reached number 26 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the U.S, and number 14 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Additionally, it was featured in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait starring Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The band played this at the American Music Awards in 1998, changing some of the lyrics to "can I masturbate" in place of "can I graduate."

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'graduate' in Nouns Frequency: #1906

Translations for graduate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to receive a degree, diploma etc

He graduated in German and French.

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