verb (used without object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
verb (used with object), grad·u·at·ed, grad·u·at·ing.
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Origin of graduate
usage note for 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM graduategrad·u·a·tor, nounnon·grad·u·ate, nounsu·per·grad·u·ate, nounun·grad·u·at·ing, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for graduate
He came to Atari seven years ago, immediately after graduating from Berkeley.
After graduating high school, he attending the University of Virginia, double-majoring in economics and foreign relations.Ben McKenzie’s Journey From Reluctant Teen Idol on ‘The O.C.’ to Sheriff of ‘Gotham’|Marlow Stern|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All these talented chefs are graduating from these old-guard kitchens and branching out and the market is saturated.
She was a talented singer, and after graduating high school in Aurora she enrolled at Denver Community College to study music.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After graduating from college, I lived for 15 years without even owning a television set.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV|Ted Gioia|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His name appears in the graduating class of 1838 of the University of Nashville.By-Ways of War|James Jeffrey Roche
Educated at Harvard University, Cambridge, graduating in 1774.
In the fall of 1881 he was matriculated in the same course at the state university, graduating with honor in June, 1885.Scandinavians on the Pacific, Puget Sound|Thomas Ostenson Stine
In 1876 we find him graduating in a class of one from Biddle University—the first college graduate from that school.
I was selected as the class orator at our graduating exercises, and mother was very happy over it.Bought and Paid For|Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for graduate
- a person who has been awarded a first degree from a university or college
- (as modifier)a graduate profession