- a person who has received a degree or diploma on completing a course of study, as in a university, college, or school.
- a student who holds the bachelor's or the first professional degree and is studying for an advanced degree.
- a graduated cylinder, used for measuring.
- of, relating to, or involved in academic study beyond the first or bachelor's degree: graduate courses in business; a graduate student.
- having an academic degree or diploma: a graduate engineer.
- to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study (often followed by from): She graduated from college in 1985.
- to pass by degrees; change gradually.
- to confer a degree upon, or to grant a diploma to, at the close of a course of study, as in a university, college, or school: Cornell graduated eighty students with honors.
- Informal. to receive a degree or diploma from: She graduated college in 1950.
- to arrange in grades or gradations; establish gradation in.
- to divide into or mark with degrees or other divisions, as the scale of a thermometer.
Origin of graduate
Even though it is condemned by some as nonstandard, the use of graduate as a transitive verb meaning “to receive a degree or diploma from” is increasing in frequency in both speech and writing: The twins graduated high school in 1974.
Examples from the Web for graduate
HONG KONG—Last year, I met a Chinese graduate student on a tour of the northeastern United States before his first day at Harvard.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
The whys the wherefores, I think a lot of that is somehow a link from decoding texts, as they say in graduate school.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Girma is a 26-year-old Harvard Law School graduate—and she is blind and deaf.TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That
November 5, 2014
On-time graduation (10%): Percentage of students who graduate within four years (NCES).The Daily Beast College Rankings Methodology
November 5, 2014
So we have a graduate of Choate or Beverly Hills High who attends Wharton, and goes to work for, say, Goldman Sachs.Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live
October 31, 2014
I wonder—women on the stage do get big sums, and they often graduate from it to society.
Father for the first time visited college to see me graduate.
Is there a curve in it which I can modulate—a line which I can graduate—a vacancy I can fill?Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
At the very time he left for college, she returned––a graduate.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Don't need any Normal School graduate to do that sum for us.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
- (as modifier)a graduate profession
- US and Canadian a student who has completed a course of studies at a high school and received a diploma
- US a container, such as a flask, marked to indicate its capacity
- to receive or cause to receive a degree or diploma
- (tr) mainly US and Canadian to confer a degree, diploma, etc upon
- (tr) to mark (a thermometer, flask, etc) with units of measurement; calibrate
- (tr) to arrange or sort into groups according to type, quality, etc
- (intr often foll by to) to change by degrees (from something to something else)
Word Origin and History for graduate
early 15c., "one who holds a degree" (with man; as a stand-alone noun from mid-15c.), from Medieval Latin graduatus, past participle of graduari "to take a degree," from Latin gradus "step, grade" (see grade). As an adjective, from late 15c.
early 15c., "to confer a university degree upon," from Medieval Latin graduatus (see graduate (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1807. Related: Graduated; graduating.