- characterized by or arranged in degrees, especially successively, as according to height, depth, or difficulty: a graduated series of lessons.
- marked with divisions or units of measurement.
- (of a bird's tail) having the longest feathers in the center, the others being successively shorter.
- (of a tax) increasing along with the taxable base: a graduated income tax.
Origin of graduated
- 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.
Related Wordsordained, accredited, invested, passed, promoted, certified, measured, registered, tapered, calibrated, progressive, sequential
Examples from the Web for graduated
Dean Todd remained my friend until I graduated in 1988, with my degree in English literature.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
I had graduated NYU just a few years earlier and begun a career in publishing, but the addiction got the best of me.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Trotter graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and became the first black man named to Phi Beta Kappa.The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’
November 20, 2014
After he graduated high school, Stasio enrolled at the University at Buffalo and entered the ROTC program.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
She graduated from her undergraduate program magna cum laude.TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That
November 5, 2014
She had, in fact, graduated from a girls' school of considerable repute.Quaint Courtships
In 1845 he graduated as second wrangler, but won the Smith prize.Heroes of the Telegraph
I say, you chaps, Duncan and I haven't met for years—not since he graduated.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
He returned the following year and was graduated with the class of 1842.
He graduated at Yale college, and was subsequently a tutor in that institution.
- 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 graduated
early 15c., "to confer a university degree upon," from Medieval Latin graduatus (see graduate (n.)). Intransitive sense from 1807. Related: Graduated; graduating.
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.
- Marked with or divided into intervals, as of volume or temperature, for use in measurement.
- Divided into or marked with intervals indicating measures, as of length, volume, or temperature.