What does graduate mean?

Definitions for graduate
ˈgrædʒ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt; -ˌeɪtgrad·u·ate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word graduate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alumnus, alumna, alum, graduate, gradnoun

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

  2. graduateadjective

    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), postgraduateverb

    of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree

    "graduate courses"

  4. graduateverb

    receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies

    "She graduated in 1990"

  5. graduateverb

    confer an academic degree upon

    "This school graduates 2,000 students each year"

  6. calibrate, graduate, fine-tuneverb

    make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring

    "calibrate an instrument"; "graduate a cylinder"


  1. graduatenoun

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

  2. graduatenoun

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

  3. graduatenoun

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

  4. graduateverb

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

  5. graduateverb

    To certify (a student) as having earned a degree

    Indiana University graduated the student.

  6. graduateverb

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

  7. graduateverb

    To change gradually

  8. graduateadjective

    graduated, arranged by degrees

  9. graduateadjective

    holding an academic degree

  10. graduateadjective

    relating to an academic degree

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graduatenoun

    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. Graduatenoun

    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. Graduatenoun

    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. Graduatenoun

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

  5. Graduateverb

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

  6. Graduateverb

    to taper, as the tail of certain birds

  7. Graduateverb

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

  8. Graduatenoun

    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. Graduatenoun

    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

  11. Etymology: [See Graduate, n. & v.]


  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."

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of graduate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of graduate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of graduate in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Better to remain illiterate and employed than to become graduate and remain unemployed.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    When a person at the peak powerful position of the nation/organization is himself illiterate/semi-illiterate/phony-graduate;how can people expect that he will appreciate/support/promote those well-educated/right/bright individuals working as sub-ordinates. In fact, he would rather humiliate/denigrate/demote those talents to come out of his own inferiority complex.

  3. Mirwais Afizi:

    Everyone respected her, she was very religious and never left her home without covering her face with a hijab, we never heard anything about her being mentally ill. She was about to graduate.

  4. Denisha Merriweather:

    Bush instituted the first voucher program in the United States to give low-income kids an opportunity to go to a private school, out of my immediate family, I am the first person to graduate from high school. And then I went on to graduate from college.

  5. Roxie Washington:

    At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families, gianna doesn't have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle.

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  • تخرج, درجArabic
  • absolvent, promovatCzech
  • akademikerDanish
  • graduieren, Graduierter, absolvieren, Absolventin, Graduierte, AbsolventGerman
  • αποφοιτώGreek
  • graduados, graduada, graduadoSpanish
  • valmistua, ylioppilasFinnish
  • diplômée, diplômer, licenciée, diplômé, licenciéFrench
  • céimíIrish
  • ceumnaichScottish Gaelic
  • ग्रेजुएटHindi
  • diplomata, diplomato, laurearsi, laureata, laureato, diplomarsiItalian
  • 卒業生, 卒業, 目盛るJapanese
  • 졸업하다Korean
  • graduatus, suscipere, admittere, graduata, adipisciLatin
  • siswazahMalay
  • afgestudeerde, abituriënt, afstuderen, promoveren, graduerenDutch
  • formar, graduado, [[formar]]-[[se]], diplomar, graduarPortuguese
  • дипломант, выпускница, градуировать, окончить, выпускник, дипломировать, дипломанткаRussian
  • promovaťSlovak
  • tốt nghiệpVietnamese

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