graduate[gra′jo̵̅o̅ it; for v. gra′jo̵̅o̅ āt′]
- The definition of graduate is something that is part of a higher degree program.
An example of graduate is a class that is taken to earn a Master’s degree.
- A graduate is someone who completed a school program.
An example of a graduate is someone who completed a four-year college degree program.
- To graduate is defined as to complete a school program.
An example of graduate is when you wear a cap and gown and are handed your diploma.
- Graduate means to mark a container with lines showing amounts of a liquid or solid.
An example of graduate is to use a permanent pen to mark a glass container collecting rainwater so you can easily see how much there is.
- a person who has completed a course of study at a school or college and has received a degree or diploma
- a flask, tube, or other container marked with a progressive series of degrees (lines or numbers or both) for measuring liquids or solids
Origin of graduate; from Medieval Latin graduatus, past participle of graduare, to graduate ; from Classical Latin gradus: see grade
transitive verbgraduated, graduating
- to give a degree or diploma to in recognition of the completion of a course of study at a school or college
- Informal to become a graduate of: to graduate college
- to mark (a flask, tube, gauge, etc.) with degrees for measuring
- to arrange or classify into grades according to amount, size, etc.
- to arrange in grades or stages: graduated income tax
- to become a graduate of a school or college
- to change, esp. advance, by degrees
- having been graduated from a school, college, etc.: a graduate engineer
- ☆ designating, of, for, or participating in instruction or research in various fields leading to degrees above the bachelor's: graduate courses, graduate students
verbgrad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing, grad·u·ates
- To be granted an academic degree or diploma: Most of the entering freshmen stayed to graduate.
- a. To change gradually or by degrees: “The most weighty of all the arguments against treating the races of man as distinct species, is that they graduate into each other” (Charles Darwin).b. To advance to a new level of skill, achievement, or activity: After a month of diving instruction, they all graduated to back flips.
- a. To grant an academic degree or diploma to: The school has graduated many gifted chemists.b. Usage Problem To receive an academic degree from: How many chemists graduated the Institute last year?
- To arrange or divide into categories, steps, or grades: graduate an income tax.
- To divide into marked intervals, especially for use in measurement: graduate a thermometer.
- One who has received an academic degree or diploma.
- A graduated container, such as a cylinder or beaker.
- Possessing an academic degree or diploma.
- Of, intended for, or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree: graduate courses.
Origin of graduateMiddle English graduaten, to confer a degree, from Medieval Latin graduārī, graduāt-, to take a degree, from Latin gradus, step; see grade.
- A person who is recognized by a university as having completed the requirements of a degree studied at the institution
- If the government wants graduates to stay in the country they should offer more incentives.
- (US) A person who is recognized by a high school as having completed the requirements of a course of study at the school
- A graduated (marked) cup or other container, thus fit for measuring
- (person recognized for having finished studies): student, drop-out
(comparative more graduate, superlative most graduate)
(third-person singular simple present graduates, present participle graduating, simple past and past participle graduated)
- (intransitive, ergative) 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.
- The man graduated in 1967.
- Trisha graduated from college.
- Trisha graduated college.
- To certify (a student) as having earned a degree
- Indiana University graduated the student.
- The college graduated him as soon as he was no longer eligible to play under NCAA rules.
- To mark (something) with degrees; to divide into regular steps or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.
- (intransitive) To change gradually.
- sandstone which graduates into gneiss; carnelian sometimes graduates into quartz
- To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of.
- to graduate the heat of an oven
- (chemistry) To bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid.
- To taper, as the tail of certain birds.
In the sense “to complete studies”, the preposition “from” is often used, but may be dropped in informal speech, as in “I just graduated from college” vs. (informal) “I just graduated college”. This varies between speakers, and some speakers consider “from” required, marking “I graduated college” as incorrect or uneducated.
Note also that the subject and object can switch between the school and the student: “I graduated [from] Indiana University last year” vs. “Indiana University graduated me last year”.