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.

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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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. 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.

  2. Ted Nelson:

    So in my uncertainty, I went to graduate school and there it all happened.

  3. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:

    Heartbreaking to hear that Thomas Rolfes was killed this weekend while in New Orleans looking for a wedding venue with Thomas Rolfes sweetheart, a fellow Tulane University graduate, thomas Rolfes commitment and dedication to our effort made Thomas Rolfes an invaluable part of the campaign.

  4. Kevin Stitt:

    He hit the ground running, working to deliver efficiencies in order to keep tuition flat for students and casting vision to grow OUs graduate research programs, galloglys love for his alma mater is evident, and I appreciate the time he gave to strengthen the foundation of this important university.

  5. Greg Steube:

    Of all the religious exemption requests submitted by midshipmen at the Naval Academy for the COVID-19 vaccine, not a single one has been approved, my constituent has already been told she can’t receive a diploma and graduate due to her status as it relates to the COVID-19 vaccine. The Navy is simply holding these individuals until the injunction preventing the separation of naval personnel is lifted.

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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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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. tacky
    • B. eloquent
    • C. articulate
    • D. occlusive

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