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, 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"


  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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Graduate(noun)

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

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

  5. Graduate(verb)

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

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

  6. Graduate(verb)

    to taper, as the tail of certain birds

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

  7. Graduate(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  9. Graduate(noun)

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

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

  10. Graduate

    arranged by successive steps or degrees; graduated

    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."

Editors Contribution

  1. graduate

    A person who completes a formal education and receives a qualification.

    The graduate was delighted to attend the graduation ceremony and celebrate their achievement.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  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. Ramone Davenport:

    This might be something that Dohn High School just does. You know, once you come to Dohn and graduate, we're going to bring the diploma to you, in a traditional graduation, you call a person's name and they walk across the stage. This is more personal. I'm spending seven or eight minutes talking directly to that kid about their accomplishments and the families are right there on the lawn. They're getting a little more bang for their buck.

  2. Mirwais Afizi:

    We never heard anything about her being mentally ill. She was about to graduate.

  3. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif:

    If I make it to the Pro Bowl in the same year that I graduate from medicine ... and win the Super Bowl, then I don't know what I'm going to do, all my goals will be accomplished.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    Our concern is with the malign actions of the Chinese Communist Party and specific individuals, not with the Chinese people, the graduate students and researchers who are targeted, co-opted, and exploited by the PRC government for its military gain represent a small subset of Chinese student and researcher visa applicants coming to the United States.

  5. The Honeywood family:

    Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate.

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Translations for graduate

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  • درج, تخرجArabic
  • promovat, absolventCzech
  • akademikerDanish
  • Absolvent, Absolventin, graduieren, absolvieren, Graduierte, GraduierterGerman
  • αποφοιτώGreek
  • graduados, graduada, graduadoSpanish
  • valmistua, ylioppilasFinnish
  • licenciée, licencié, diplômé, diplômer, diplôméeFrench
  • céimíIrish
  • ceumnaichScottish Gaelic
  • diplomarsi, laurearsi, diplomato, laureata, diplomata, laureatoItalian
  • 目盛る, 卒業, 卒業生Japanese
  • 졸업하다Korean
  • suscipere, admittere, graduata, adipisci, graduatusLatin
  • siswazahMalay
  • abituriënt, afstuderen, afgestudeerde, gradueren, promoverenDutch
  • graduar, diplomar, formar, graduado, [[formar]]-[[se]]Portuguese
  • выпускник, градуировать, дипломантка, дипломировать, выпускница, дипломант, окончитьRussian
  • promovaťSlovak
  • tốt nghiệpVietnamese

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