matriculate

[ verb muh-trik-yuh-leyt; noun muh-trik-yuh-lit ]
/ verb məˈtrɪk yəˌleɪt; noun məˈtrɪk yə lɪt /

verb (used with object), ma·tric·u·lat·ed, ma·tric·u·lat·ing.

to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
to register (a coat of arms), used especially in Scottish heraldry.

verb (used without object), ma·tric·u·lat·ed, ma·tric·u·lat·ing.

to be matriculated.

noun

a person who has been matriculated.

Nearby words

  1. matrices,
  2. matricide,
  3. matriclinous,
  4. matricliny,
  5. matriculant,
  6. matriculation,
  7. matrifocal,
  8. matrilateral,
  9. matrilineage,
  10. matrilineal

Origin of matriculate

1480–90 for earlier sense; < Medieval Latin mātrīculātus (person) listed (for some specific duty), equivalent to mātrīcul(a) list (see matriculant) + -ātus -ate1

Related formsma·tric·u·la·tion, nounma·tric·u·la·tor, nounre·ma·tric·u·late, verb, re·ma·tric·u·lat·ed, re·ma·tric·u·lat·ing.un·ma·tric·u·lat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for matriculation

matriculation

/ (məˌtrɪkjʊˈleɪʃən) /

noun

the process of matriculating
(in Britain, except Scotland) a former school examination, which was replaced by the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level), now superseded by the General Certificate of Secondary Education

matriculate

verb (məˈtrɪkjʊˌleɪt)

to enrol or be enrolled in an institution, esp a college or university
(intr) to attain the academic standard required for a course at such an institution

noun (məˈtrɪkjʊlɪt)

Also called: matriculant a person who has matriculated
Derived Formsmatriculator, noun

Word Origin for matriculate

C16: from Medieval Latin mātrīculāre to register, from mātrīcula, diminutive of matrix list, matrix

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