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[ uhn-der-graj-oo-it, -eyt ]


  1. a student in a university or college who has not received a first, especially a bachelor's, degree.


  1. having the standing of an undergraduate.
  2. of, for, pertaining to, or characteristic of undergraduates.


/ ˌʌndəˈɡrædjʊɪt /


  1. a person studying in a university for a first degree Sometimes shortened toundergrad

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Derived Forms

  • ˌunderˈgraduateship, noun
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Other Words From

  • under·gradu·ate·ship noun
  • nonun·der·gradu·ate noun adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of undergraduate1

First recorded in 1620–30; under- + graduate
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Example Sentences

What Aristotle started over 2,000 years ago, a team of 30 undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is continuing.

Gideon Bliss, a sheltered Cambridge undergraduate comes to the capital at the request of his uncle.

What it tells us is that there’s something about the residential undergraduate experience in the United States that is vital.

From Time

Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday announced a two-day suspension of in-person classes for undergraduates on its Homewood campus after it said 30 students recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

He tried converting Columbia’s undergraduate green groups to his cause.

She graduated from her undergraduate program magna cum laude.

As a Harvard undergraduate, he used systolic blood pressure readings to invent the lie detector test.

Even though his undergraduate studies had led him to be a vegetarian, he decided to intern with a small pork producer.

Deresiewicz taught English at Yale for a decade, and he studied at Columbia for undergraduate and graduate school.

For years, Dr. James Chang has used the sculptural hands that Rodin created to teach undergraduate students surgical anatomy.

And how had the boys managed to stay a whole year at Yale without being asked to leave for the good of the undergraduate body?

There used to be a saying in my undergraduate days, 'Distrust a freshman that's always seen with third-year men.'

Even in the last undergraduate year, the preference for Eton remained as strong as ever.

They were training men in their undergraduate departments by means of classical literature.

The university medical schools were graduate schools and did not admit a student unless he had completed the undergraduate course.


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