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
Related formsgrad·u·a·tor, nounnon·grad·u·ate, nounsu·per·grad·u·ate, nounun·grad·u·at·ing, adjective
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.
British Dictionary definitions for graduate
- a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
- (as modifier)a graduate profession