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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM matriculate

ma·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 matriculator

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 forms of matriculate

matriculator, noun

Word Origin for matriculate

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