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graduate

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin graduātus (graduated), from gradus (step).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

graduate (plural graduates)

  1. ​ A person who is recognized by a university as having completed the requirements of a degree studied at the institution
    If the government wants graduates to stay in the country they should offer more incentives.
  2. (US, Canada) A person who is recognized by a high school as having completed the requirements of a course of study at the school
  3. A graduated (marked) cup or other container, thus fit for measuring

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TranslationsEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

graduate (comparative more graduate, superlative most graduate)

  1. graduated, arranged by degrees
  2. holding an academic degree
  3. relating to an academic degree

VerbEdit

graduate (third-person singular simple present graduates, present participle graduating, simple past and past participle graduated)

  1. (intransitive, ergative) 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.
    The man graduated in 1967.
    Trisha graduated from college.
    Trisha graduated college.
  2. (transitive) To certify (a student) as having earned a degree
    Indiana University graduated the student.
    The college graduated him as soon as he was no longer eligible to play under NCAA rules.
  3. (transitive) To mark (something) with degrees; to divide into regular steps or intervals, as the scale of a thermometer, a scheme of punishment or rewards, etc.
  4. (intransitive) To change gradually.
    sandstone which graduates into gneiss; carnelian sometimes graduates into quartz
  5. To prepare gradually; to arrange, temper, or modify by degrees or to a certain degree; to determine the degrees of.
    to graduate the heat of an oven
    • Browne
      Dyers advance and graduate their colours with salts.
  6. (chemistry) To bring to a certain degree of consistency, by evaporation, as a fluid.
  7. To taper, as the tail of certain birds.

Usage notesEdit

In the sense “to complete studies”, the preposition “from” is often used, but may be dropped in informal speech, as in “I just graduated from college” vs. (informal) “I just graduated college”. This varies between speakers, and some speakers consider “from” required, marking “I graduated college” as incorrect or uneducated.

Note also that the subject and object can switch between the school and the student: “I graduated [from] Indiana University last year” vs. “Indiana University graduated me last year”.

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ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

graduate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of graduare
  2. second-person plural imperative of graduare
  3. Feminine plural of graduato

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LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

graduāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of graduātus