Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be granted an academic degree or diploma: Two thirds of the entering freshmen stayed to graduate.
  • intransitive v. To change gradually or by degrees.
  • intransitive v. To advance to a new level of skill, achievement, or activity: After a summer of diving instruction, they had all graduated to back flips.
  • transitive v. To grant an academic degree or diploma to: The teachers hope to graduate her this spring.
  • transitive v. Usage Problem To receive an academic degree from.
  • transitive v. To arrange or divide into categories, steps, or grades.
  • transitive v. To divide into marked intervals, especially for use in measurement.
  • n. One who has received an academic degree or diploma.
  • n. A graduated container, such as a cylinder or beaker.
  • adj. Possessing an academic degree or diploma.
  • adj. Of, intended for, or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree: graduate courses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is recognized by a university as having completed the requirements of a degree studied at the institution
  • n. A person who is recognized by a high school as having completed the requirements of a course of study at the school
  • n. A graduated (marked) cup or other container, thus fit for measuring
  • adj. graduated, arranged by degrees
  • adj. holding an academic degree
  • adj. relating to an academic degree
  • v. To be recognized by a school or university as having completed the requirements of a degree studied at the institution. See note on “from” usage.
  • v. To certify (a student) as having earned a degree
  • v. To mark a scale on (something) so that it can be used for measuring
  • v. To change gradually

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Arranged by successive steps or degrees; graduated.
  • n. One who has received an academical or professional degree; one who has completed the prescribed course of study in any school or institution of learning.
  • n. A graduated cup, tube, flask, or cylinder; a glass measuring container used by apothecaries and chemists. See under Graduated.
  • intransitive v. To pass by degrees; to change gradually; to shade off
  • intransitive v. To taper, as the tail of certain birds.
  • intransitive v. To take a degree in a college or university; to become a graduate; to receive a diploma.
  • transitive v. To mark with degrees; to divide into regular steps, grades, or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.
  • transitive v. To admit or elevate to a certain grade or degree; esp., in a college or university, to admit, at the close of the course, to an honorable standing defined by a diploma.
  • transitive v. To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of.
  • transitive v. To bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark with degrees, regular intervals, or divisions; divide into small regular distances: as, to graduate a thermometer, a scale, etc.
  • To arrange or place in a series of grades or gradations; establish gradation in: as, to graduate punishment.
  • To confer a degree upon at the close of a course of study, as a student in a college or university; certify by diploma, after examination, the attainment of a certain grade of learning by: as, he was graduated A. B., and afterward A. M.
  • To prepare gradually; temper or modify by degrees.
  • To raise to a higher degree, as of fineness, consistency, etc.: as, to graduate brine by evaporation.
  • To pass by degrees; change or pass gradually.
  • To receive a degree from a college or university, after examination in a course of study; be graduated.
  • Arranged in successive steps or degrees; graduated.
  • Having received a degree; having been graduated: as, a graduate student.
  • n. One who has been admitted to a degree in a college or university, or by some professional incorporated society, after examination.
  • n. A graduated glass vessel used for measuring liquids, as by chemists, apothecaries, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree
  • v. make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
  • n. a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
  • n. a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume; a glass container (cup or cylinder or flask) whose sides are marked with or divided into amounts
  • v. receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
  • v. confer an academic degree upon

Etymologies

Middle English graduaten, to confer a degree, from Medieval Latin graduārī, graduāt-, to take a degree, from Latin gradus, step; see grade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin graduātus ("graduated"), from gradus ("step"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The Mexican graduate is already a specialist but by U.S. standards is poorly educated.

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  • The U.S. graduate is much better educated, but not nearly as proficient in his chosen profession.

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  • My wife has seen this first-hand as an adjunct professor, and I saw it in graduate school here in Houston.

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  • Even I have been to Sparta, Illinois back when I was in graduate school in Carbondale.

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  • The big advantage of attending Harvard commencement as a family member instead of an actual graduate is that you spend hours on end sitting around instead of hours on end standing around.

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  • However, I do know a little bit of physics to see that Berlinski's critiques of cosmology are nonsense. he hasn't done any science since graduate school — and that was along time ago — and I doubt he did any in graduate school.

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  • No one is claiming that government is denying the rights of the fellow who could not pass the military physical or graduate from the policy academy because of low IQ or get his teaching certificate because he could not speak english. peace

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  • In Mason's research, the steel industry was doing this very well, while the finance industry used the sudden growth in graduate numbers to place graduates in to jobs traditionally taken on by school leavers.

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  • “That one of you girls will soon graduate from the Academy.”

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