verb (used without object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
verb (used with object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
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.
Related Words for graduaterecipient, doctor, grad, alum, alumnus, earn, finish, rank, product, bachelor, master, holder, baccalaureate, Ph.D., diplomate, licentiate, collegian, win, certify, sort
Examples from the Web for graduate
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of graduate
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
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.