verb (used without object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
verb (used with object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
- graduate nurse,
- graduate school,
- graduated cylinder,
- graduated tenotomy
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.
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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On-time graduation (10%): Percentage of students who graduate within four years (NCES).
So we have a graduate of Choate or Beverly Hills High who attends Wharton, and goes to work for, say, Goldman Sachs.
He went east for a year of graduate study at Columbia University.Americans All|Various
He was a graduate of the University of Oxford, and afterwards had charge of a large private school in one of the English counties.Reminiscences of a Canadian Pioneer for the last Fifty Years|Samuel Thompson
Benton was not his real name, and he was not a graduate of any American college.Ray's Daughter|Charles King
We four intend to come back to Highacres to watch you graduate just as you watched us today.Meg of Mystery Mountain|Grace May North
No lawyer would trust his case to a West-Point graduate, without evidence of thorough special preparation.
- a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
- (as modifier)a graduate profession
Word Origin 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.