- 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.
Examples from the Web for graduating
He came to Atari seven years ago, immediately after graduating from Berkeley.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
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’
November 4, 2014
All these talented chefs are graduating from these old-guard kitchens and branching out and the market is saturated.High Rents Are Killing the Restaurant Capital
October 28, 2014
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
October 21, 2014
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
August 3, 2014
After graduating, they find out that they still don't know what they want.The Civilization of Illiteracy
I speak more directly to you, then, gentlemen of the graduating class.Medical Essays
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Then she was to return to school and take part in the graduating exercises.The Johnstown Horror
James Herbert Walker
She had dressed in her graduating gown—a fluffy bit of white and ribbon.A Young Man in a Hurry
Robert W. Chambers
After graduating he spent six months in a packing-house at $6 a week.When Winter Comes to Main Street
Grant Martin Overton
- 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 graduating
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.