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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of graduate

1375鈥1425; late Middle English <Medieval Latin gradu膩tus (past participle of gradu膩re), equivalent to grad(us) grade, step + -u- thematic vowel + -膩tus-ate1

usage note for graduate

In the sense 鈥渢o receive a degree or diploma鈥 graduate followed by from is the most common construction today: Her daughter graduated from Yale in 1981. The passive form was graduated from, formerly insisted upon as the only correct pattern, has decreased in use and occurs infrequently today: My husband was graduated from West Point last year.
Even though it is condemned by some as nonstandard, the use of graduate as a transitive verb meaning 鈥渢o receive a degree or diploma from鈥 is increasing in frequency in both speech and writing: The twins graduated high school in 1974.


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How to use graduate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for graduate


noun (藞伞r忙dj蕣瑟t)
verb (藞伞r忙dj蕣藢e瑟t)

Derived forms of graduate

graduator, noun

Word Origin for graduate

C15: from Medieval Latin gradu膩r墨 to take a degree, from Latin gradus a step
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