Definition of matriculate in English:



Pronunciation /məˈtrikyəˌlāt//məˈtrɪkjəˌleɪt/
  • 1no object Be enrolled at a college or university.

    ‘he matriculated at the University of Vermont’
    • ‘Under the plan, all undergraduates entering Tulane University will matriculate through a single undergraduate college.’
    • ‘In 1869 Sofia travelled to Heidelberg to study mathematics and the natural sciences, only to discover that women could not matriculate at the university.’
    • ‘After matriculating, he enrolled in Arts at Sydney University in 1948.’
    • ‘Every child who has participated in the program has gone on to matriculate at a four-year college or university.’
    • ‘Whether these plans will increase the number of minorities matriculating to these universities remains to be seen.’
    • ‘In fact all that is known is that on Friday 20 December 1577 he matriculated at the University of Oxford with an entry in the official records giving his age as seventeen, his father as a plebeian, and his birthplace Oxfordshire.’
    • ‘As adults, Martin was university trained and Malcolm matriculated in prison.’
    • ‘He applied to graduate school, and because segregation laws prevented him from attending a school in Georgia, the state paid for him to matriculate at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York.’
    • ‘After graduating from University College, he matriculated at Trinity College Cambridge in 1871.’
    • ‘In my final year only one person matriculated to university, for example, and that was a university in the country!’
    • ‘In the examinations he won a scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge, matriculating in October 1884.’
    • ‘With arms full of daughters, he feels like a rich man-at least until they matriculate at the University.’
    • ‘Instead he matriculated in the University of Ferrara, from which he obtained a doctorate in canon law.’
    • ‘I am equally committed to faculty and staff, and if there are ways that I can help them matriculate to the university, I am going to do exactly that.’
    • ‘They rarely acknowledge that the option of attending a full-time residential college is not available to the vast majority of people matriculating in community colleges.’
    • ‘On 29 August 1530 Mercator matriculated at the University of Louvain, taking the course in the humanities and philosophy.’
    • ‘In 1895, he matriculated at Glasgow University, where he graduated with an M.A. in 1900.’
    • ‘The thrill of studying advanced mathematics at Chicago made her determined to carry her studies further and when her travelling fellowship ended she matriculated at the University of Chicago, registering for a Master's Degree.’
    • ‘In 1834 Thomson, who was aged just 10, and his brother James, 12, both matriculated at the university.’
    • ‘We do know that in 1719 Bayes matriculated at the University of Edinburgh where he studied logic and theology.’
    register, sign on, sign up, apply, volunteer, put one's name down
    accept, admit, take on, register, sign on, sign up, recruit, engage
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    1. 1.1with object Admit (a student) to a college or university.
      • ‘The undergraduate I have my eye on is, at 76, probably the oldest fresher this ancient university has ever matriculated.’
      • ‘Ph.D. programs in literature are not designed to produce poets and novelists, but Yale seems to matriculate a considerable share.’
      • ‘The first classes were held in 1996 and the first matriculated students were admitted in the fall of 1998.’
      • ‘Perhaps he should have attended a school that matriculated students whose course of study included history, basic comprehension, and English language.’
      • ‘That fall, I went to college, at a college that had only matriculated its second co-ed class.’
  • 2Scottish Heraldry
    with object Record (arms) in an official register.


Pronunciation /məˈtrɪkjəˌleɪt//məˈtrɪkjəˌlət//məˈtrikyəˌlāt//məˈtrikyəˌlət/
  • A person who has matriculated.

    • ‘Just 15 and not yet a matriculate, she is teaching pre-school children how to read and write.’


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin matriculat- ‘enrolled’, from the verb matriculare, from late Latin matricula ‘register’, diminutive of Latin matrix.