What does graduate mean?

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

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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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Graduatenoun

    A man dignified with an academical degree.

    Etymology: gradué, French, from gradus, Latin.

    Of graduates I dislike the learned rout,
    And chuse a female doctor for the gout. James Bramston.

  2. To GRADUATEverb

    Etymology: graduer, French; gradus, Latin.

    John Tregonwel, graduated a doctor and dubbed a knight, did his prince good service. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwal.

    Concerning columns and their adjuncts, architects make such a noise as if the terms of architraves, frizes, and cornices were enough to graduate a master of this art. Henry Wotton, Architect.

    The places were marked where the spirits stood at the severest cold and greatest heat, and according to these observations he graduates his thermometers. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

    The tincture was capable to transmute or graduate as much silver as equalled in weight that gold. Boyle.

    Not only vitriol is a cause of blackness, but the salts of natural bodies; and dyers advance and graduate their colours with salts. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vi. c. 12.


  1. graduate

    A graduate is an individual who has successfully completed a course of study or training, often at a university, college, or a school, and has received a degree, diploma or a certificate. This term can also refer to someone moving from a lower to a higher level of education or qualification.

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. Angelica Varela:

    The black-footed ferrets prey on prairie dogs so it was once thought that elimination programs for the dogs, considered a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, were impacting the ferret population. Now, there was a concerted effort by the state to rebuild the black-footed ferret population. On a recent day, volunteers made their way to small-town Seligman and met for training on the first night inside a rented home in a rural neighborhood that Arizona Game and Fish uses for the operation. One of those volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. Robert Coonrod has been volunteering for five years. Though hes not a biologist, he enjoys helping out wildlife and found a new photography hobby while volunteering. HUNTERS TURN TO HIPSTERS TO HELP BOOST SPORTS DECLINING NUMBERS One of the volunteers is Robert Coonrod, who bought a pick-up truck and rigged it with overhead lights specifically for the night-time searches. ( Fox News) Were looking for a ferret to be outside his hole. We drive down, he gets curious, looks at the lights, you see the green eyes shine, and then its off to the races, Robert Coonrod said. Once the animalis spotted, volunteers run towardit and set up a trap. But they have to first hopscotch around prairie dog burrows that dot the landscape. Sometimes it can be very entertaining watching people run across a prairie dog colony because youre so focused on the ferret that you forget about all these holes on the ground, Holly Hicks said. Yeah, every one of us has tripped and fallen in a prairie dog hole after chasing after a ferret. ARIZONA MAN PICKED UP NEWBORN FAWN, TOOK IT TO LOCAL BAR, OFFICIALS SAY With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduate Angelica Varela, who will soon be starting an internship with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up( Fox News)( When I started) volunteering( for other wildlife organizations) and really getting boots on the ground and realizing the hard work that actually goes into it, its really important and its really satisfying being able to know that you had a part in helping a species, as conservation work, I mean were doing this so that eventually we dont have to keep doing it. Angelica Varela drove up from Phoenix with Angelica Varela friend, Brandi Kapos, who is an Olive Garden waitress and an Arizona State Univerisity conservation biology graduate. Shes looking to return to school to get a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. Before Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos got their assignment from Jennifer Cordova for the night, they said they had energy drinks and candy. Angelica Varela said Angelica Varela was pumped. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduates Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos. ( Fox News) Jennifer Cordova said the goal is to get the black-footed ferret off the endangered species list. Fox News important because wildlife dont have a say -- theydont have a voice out there, Holly Hicks said. So, its people like us who manage and try to keep that voice out there and people aware. Our passion comes from a lot of places. We love animals. We want to see wildlife in the future for future generations. Only found in North America, this wild animal differs from the European pet ferrets that are domesticated. The black-footed ferret was once thought extinct until 18 were found in 1981. Since then, recovery and breeding efforts have helped the black-footed ferret population grow. I kind of feel like its our duty.

  2. Chip Greenidge:

    I have spent my life in service to others -- encouraging urban high school students to apply, attend and graduate college, and convening a number of activities helping minorities and people of color get involved in civic life, however, over the years, I have not been able to really work on my own health and nutrition goals.

  3. John Delury:

    Graduate School of International Relations's just short of Kim Jong Un Kim Jong saying Graduate School of International Relations... but Graduate School of International Relations's getting very close to the point where Kim Jong Un says kind of directly to Trump that I've lost faith in you.

  4. Nazma Khatun:

    After I got married, I stayed at home as a housewife, now I am teaching in this school alongside pursuing my graduate studies.

  5. Dan Olsen:

    Athletics events are optional events that students or the pubic [sic] can attend, unlike classes which are required for our students to progress toward their degree and graduate. Our decision to start the first three weeks remotely was difficult and was influenced by two key factors. One factor was the uncertainty at the time of Omicron and having some time to understand it and its impact better.

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Translations for graduate

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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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