Definition of graduate in English:



Pronunciation /ˈɡradʒʊət//ˈɡradjʊət/
  • 1A person who has successfully completed a course of study or training, especially a person who has been awarded an undergraduate or first academic degree.

    • ‘The downtown campus offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses.’
    • ‘When the school term ended in May 1914, Hubble decided to pursue his first passion and so returned to university as a graduate student to study more astronomy.’
    • ‘She has donated an annual €10,000 prize to encourage entrepreneurship in undergraduates, graduates and alumni.’
    • ‘To land a job with a national governing body or team today, graduates need to study for a taught Masters degree first.’
    • ‘Some simply wanted to practice their English, while others hoped to obtain vocational training in law enforcement or pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees.’
    • ‘Training courses usually take graduates or school leavers any time after they've got their qualification.’
    • ‘And of the nine with a law degree, four were graduates of Harvard Law School.’
    • ‘The participating graduates undergo intensive training and are presented with a unique opportunity to gain valuable commercial experience within an ambitious company.’
    • ‘In reference to employment rates, the study finds that two years after graduation 95.8 per cent of graduates from undergraduate programs are employed.’
    • ‘The prize is given to the graduate or undergraduate student who submitted the best paper on an intelligence-related subject during the preceding year.’
    • ‘Many graduate and undergraduate students have worked with us on our radar work and we appreciate their valuable contributions.’
    • ‘He has also won the three major teaching awards in his college and both the graduate and undergraduate teaching awards in his department.’
    • ‘And both successful graduates strongly recommended the courses to anyone who is unable to attend a full-time university programme.’
    • ‘Reflective journals have prompted self-regulated or metacognitive ways of thinking in students in graduate and undergraduate education courses.’
    • ‘He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Child Development, Test and Measurements, and Educational Psychology.’
    • ‘Palmer is a 1997 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in nursing.’
    • ‘There is sufficient scope and depth here to support an independent course in a law school or in other undergraduate or graduate study.’
    • ‘The guests and public took tours of the place where currently over 500 undergraduate and graduate students are pursuing degrees in information technology and interactive arts.’
    • ‘Everyone else in the race was either an Oxbridge graduate or undergraduate.’
    • ‘Nine out of 10 professional archaeologists are graduates, but university training is not always suited to field archaeology.’
    degree holder, person with a degree
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    1. 1.1North American A person who has received a high school diploma.
      ‘she is 19, a graduate of Lincoln High’
      • ‘Today, some two-thirds of high school graduates go directly on to higher education.’
      • ‘More than two-thirds of our high school graduates are going to college.’
      • ‘In our surveys, employers often express frustration with both college and high school graduates who, while well prepared, have absolutely no idea how to apply what they know.’
      • ‘He also challenged them to become more involved with urban school districts to help improve the quality of graduates from those high schools.’
      • ‘Half of high school graduates receive an advanced education.’
      • ‘According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 70 percent of high school graduates go on to some kind of college.’
      • ‘Parents and employers still have no guarantees that high school graduates are able to even read their diplomas - in any known language.’
      • ‘The fact that 47 percent of low-income high school graduates went immediately to college was good news.’
      • ‘He was a graduate of Hebron High School and Hastings College.’
      • ‘How many high school graduates know how to write a business plan?’
      • ‘Large numbers of high school graduates are going on to college, and more adults are pursuing a college education.’
      • ‘Many high school graduates want to receive a university education abroad, but few people can afford this.’
      • ‘Employers and college professors who work with recent high school graduates are much more critical of public education than parents or the general public.’
      • ‘She turns 18 on December 10 and graduates from high school - as an honor roll student - this year.’
      • ‘To receive a HOPE scholarship, Georgia high school graduates must have at least a B average in core curriculum courses.’
      • ‘All high school graduates can enter a community college, and if they make the grade.’
      • ‘In many cases, elementary-school teachers were simply graduates of the local high school.’
      • ‘Now graduates of my old high school receive their diplomas at the combination track/football stadium adjacent to the campus.’
      • ‘It seems that high school graduates are enrolling in college without having learned prerequisite knowledge in reading, writing, and arithmetic.’
      • ‘Female high school graduates are 16% more likely to go to college than their male counterparts.’
  • 2North American A graduated cup, tube, flask, or measuring glass, used especially by chemists and pharmacists.


Pronunciation /ˈɡradjʊeɪt//ˈɡradʒʊeɪt/
  • 1no object Successfully complete an academic degree, course of training, or (in North America) high school.

    ‘he graduated from Glasgow University in 1990’
    ‘he graduated in the summer with a 2:2 degree’
    • ‘Only five out of 12 of Gina's siblings graduated from high school.’
    • ‘Students who fail to achieve minimum scores on state tests are prevented from graduating from high school with full academic diplomas.’
    • ‘By the time he graduated from high school his schoolmates had voted him ‘person most likely to succeed’.’
    • ‘Students must now pass proficiency exams in order to enter and graduate from high school, replacing the system of social promotion.’
    • ‘For example in the North Texas Tongan Catholic Community, one out of five students graduated from high school.’
    • ‘He graduated from High School in 1956 with the highest grade point average that anyone had ever achieved at his school.’
    • ‘Some people have made it in a very short time with no training and others have graduated from university with degrees before climbing their career ladders.’
    • ‘Katie graduated from high school in 1996 and attended North Carolina State University the following autumn.’
    • ‘Many students now graduate from high school having already completed many credits toward college.’
    • ‘After three hard years of college, Rindy graduated with a degree in business.’
    • ‘He also went to night school and graduated from high school six months early, all so he could go racing.’
    • ‘It was a miracle that he'd finally graduated, receiving a degree in Criminal Law, more as a way of pleasing his father than actually wanting it.’
    • ‘The report recommended that states require students to take a minimum number of courses in core academic subjects in order to graduate from high school.’
    • ‘She graduated from high school in 1986 and then attended the University of Amsterdam.’
    • ‘Between 1873 and 1933 only six students graduated from high school.’
    • ‘Other students who graduated received their national diplomas and BTech degrees.’
    • ‘She was a straight-A student in high school and later attended and graduated from Harvard University.’
    • ‘I am now in my last year of college and I am getting ready to graduate with a masters degree.’
    • ‘Two weeks after he graduated, he received his draft notice.’
    • ‘When she graduated from high school she went to a university not too far from where I lived.’
    qualify, pass one's exams, pass, be certified, be licensed
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    1. 1.1US informal with object Receive an academic degree from.
      ‘he graduated Harvard in 1965’
      • ‘He had only recently graduated college and been removed from our parent's insurance.’
      • ‘To me, this show should go on at least until Rory graduates college.’
      • ‘I just graduated college and I have to start paying back my student loan soon.’
      • ‘We want to end a system where youth from low-income areas are seven times less likely to graduate college than youth from high-income areas.’
      • ‘She graduated college with a degree in Art History but didn't work a day since receiving her diploma.’
      • ‘As a result, she graduated college with a degree in engineering even though she couldn't draw a straight line.’
      • ‘She graduated college with a Master's degree and now works for and organization to stop assassinations.’
      • ‘She was bound and determined to have a job before graduating college.’
      • ‘By the time I graduated college I'd figured out that I wasn't the typical marriageable Mormon woman.’
      • ‘Back in 1996, just after I graduated college, I drifted for a time rootless and aimless.’
      • ‘Before I graduated college I had worked on several campaigns and spent a summer interning.’
      • ‘During college and right after graduating college, I spent many a Saturday at my parents' house, borrowing their laundry facilities.’
      • ‘In fact, they had dated for over 6 years and they were planning to get married when she graduated college.’
      • ‘The other half of the truth was that I was on the dean's list and preparing to graduate college with honors.’
      • ‘At 23, she was employed by Newsweek-Paris shortly after graduating college with a degree in journalism.’
      • ‘Well, how would his wife not know he didn't graduate college?’
      • ‘I'm 21 years old, in three months I will be graduating college, and I have absolutely no idea what the future holds in store for me.’
      • ‘After I graduated college I took a full time job as a phone reservationist for an airline which had me sitting at a phone for eight hours a day fielding phone calls from the American public.’
      • ‘They both published bestselling first novels called Less Than Zero before graduating college.’
      • ‘When I graduated college, I didn't know what I wanted to do.’
    2. 1.2North American with object Confer a degree or other academic qualification on.
      ‘the school graduated more than one hundred arts majors in its first year’
      • ‘Without this additional dimension in the analysis of students it is difficult to explain efforts by universities to graduate students faster.’
      • ‘The University of Bahrain graduated its first class in 1989.’
      • ‘Murgel attended Louisiana State University and was graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.’
      • ‘Most of those jobs have gone to India and China, whose universities graduate hundreds of thousands of engineers each year.’
      • ‘The squadron graduated its first six fully qualified F - 16 pilots June 7, 2002.’
      qualify, pass one's exams, pass, be certified, be licensed
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    3. 1.3graduate to Move up to (a more advanced level or position)
      ‘he started with motorbikes but now he's graduated to his first car’
      • ‘Ross, 25, worked as a courier, driving a van around Scotland, before graduating to heavy vehicles this summer.’
      • ‘Jo started on percussion and moved on to flute when a place became available and Matthew started on violin, graduating to the viola.’
      • ‘Now there's growing talk of Dixon graduating to Formula One, the Holy Grail of motor racing.’
      • ‘Since his debut in '99, Joe's career has yet to match all the early hype that surrounded him, seeming to remain in the land of promise, rather than graduating to domination and superstar status.’
      • ‘Use 10% of the adult dose for one - to two-year-olds, graduating to 40% at age seven to eight and reaching full adult dose at 15 years.’
      • ‘After four to six weeks, retake the step test to see if you've improved enough to justify graduating to the advanced workout.’
      • ‘For the first few years new recruits work under a senior analyst, mastering the fundamentals before graduating to handling fund management issues.’
      • ‘The big bucks come into play when you graduate to more advanced levels.’
      • ‘Now that I've given you tips on going faster with more control, you're probably graduating to the steeper stuff.’
      • ‘Encouraged by her parents to follow her passions, Julie took dance classes from the age of two, moving on to a drama group and graduating to Scottish Youth Theatre.’
      • ‘Then, if a team was fortunate enough to graduate to the next level, the crew moved up as well.’
      • ‘Later, he worked as a Parliamentary researcher before entering radio journalism in the late 1980s and graduating to television.’
      • ‘Loughman trained for three years before graduating to the dance company.’
      • ‘Students will start with the basic moves before graduating to more difficult stamina-building sequences.’
      • ‘Miss Park began her study of the piano at the age of four and gave her first full recital when she was seven, graduating to play the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of nine.’
      • ‘Except for this signing, the coaching staff have relied on players graduating to the first team from the club's training academy.’
      • ‘They can also claim credit for the country graduating to more mature view of the relations between church and state and a clean up of the ‘minority’ of crooked judges and priests.’
      • ‘Initially working in cartoons, he graduated to sitcoms, before moving into drama.’
      • ‘Before graduating to the national side, they have worked hard to improve their sporting skills in streets, schools and subsequently at district, and state level, and later as members of junior national teams.’
      progress, advance, move up, go up, proceed, develop
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  • 2with object Arrange in a series or according to a scale.

    ‘the stones were graduated in height from the lowest near the entrance to the tallest opposite’
    • ‘Unlike the income tax, which is graduated, the payroll tax is calculated as a flat percentage of income.’
    • ‘It also alters the penalty system, in line with industry concerns, to graduate penalties according to the seriousness of the offence.’
    • ‘A radical ministry which gained office with socialist support in 1895 and tried to introduce graduated income and inheritance taxes was brought down by the Senate.’
    • ‘The inheritance tax is graduated into three classes according to the ‘nearness’ of family connection.’
    • ‘Competition classes are graduated according to the length of the fish.’
    • ‘Any tax paid on inheritances above the exemption level is graduated, only rising to 55 percent for the largest estates.’
    • ‘That alternative could be a series of cards, graduated in height.’
    arrange in a series, arrange in order, order, group, classify, class, categorize, rank, grade, range
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    1. 2.1 Mark out (an instrument or container) in degrees or other proportionate gradations.
      ‘the stem was graduated with marks for each hour’
      • ‘To assess flight ability, a tube containing a fly was placed above a small hole in a plastic top covering a 1-liter graduated cylinder.’
      • ‘Insert the bottom of the pouch into a graduated biohazard container and open the drainage port.’
      • ‘The standing ladder is graduated with eight horizontal lines marked from I to 8.’
      • ‘The vertical arm is usually graduated with a scale for height adjustment.’
      • ‘And the water remaining in the container was carefully measured to the nearest milliliter in a graduated cylinder.’
      • ‘Flies were dropped into a 500-ml graduated cylinder whose inside wall was covered with paraffin oil.’
      calibrate, mark off, measure off, measure out, divide into degrees, grade
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  • 3with object Change (something, typically colour or shade) gradually or step by step.

    ‘the colour is graduated from the middle of the frame to the top’
    • ‘Coloured lenses are trendy, especially if they have a graduated colour scheme.’
    • ‘So it's really four graduated hearts, scaled to size, and then of course you'll need some decorative papers like these.’
    • ‘She flicked her wrist like a magician and produced a little fan of plastic strips, in graduated colours like paint samples.’
    • ‘My sister, on the other hand, literally bought her living room from the catalog in graduated shades of tan.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin graduat- ‘graduated’, from graduare ‘take a degree’, from Latin gradus ‘degree, step’.