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doctorate

[ dok-ter-it ]
/ ˈdɒk tər ɪt /
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noun
any of several academic degrees of the highest rank, as the Ph.D. or Ed.D., awarded by universities and some colleges for completing advanced work in graduate school or a professional school.
an honorary degree conferring the title of doctor upon the recipient, as with the LL.D. degree.

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Also called doc·tor·al de·gree [dok-tawr-uhl di-gree] /ˈdɒkˌtɔr əl dɪˈgri/ .

Origin of doctorate

First recorded in 1670–80; from Medieval Latin doctōrātus; see doctor, -ate3

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pre·doc·tor·ate, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for doctorate

doctorate
/ (ˈdɒktərɪt, -trɪt) /

noun
the highest academic degree in any field of knowledgeAlso called: doctor's degree
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